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Questions relating to the intake, safety, effects of nutrients, and their biochemical interactions with our body.

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How can food preparation increase Lectins? [migrated]

I just read this articale that shows in table 2 how food preparation effects Lectins. It is said that soaking, boiling, autoclaving, germination and fermentation reduces the concentration, while ...
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How do humans meet the brain’s glucose demand of 420kcal (105g sugar) per day on a healthy diet?

How do humans meet the brain’s glucose demand of 420kcal (105g sugar) per day on a healthy diet? Wouldn't the protein demand in case of gluconeogenesis be tremendous? https://web.archive.org/web/...
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minimum healthy ratio on a nutrition label: Unsaturated/Saturated fat? [closed]

This is not a question about overall or daily nutrition intakes (ex: not asking percentage of daily fat or calories). Instead, I'm asking about assessing an individual nutrition label: To help decide ...
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What pathway triggers loss of appetite resulting from vomiting/nausea?

Some anorexic/bulimic people purposely induce auto vomiting which results in significant periods of no appetite, no food craving, and no hunger. There obviously is a purposeful mechanism in autonomy ...
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Contradictory info about beets and hormone balance

Searching online for "beets testosterone" there are sources that state that beets boost testosterone levels. e.g. The vitamin and antioxidant content of beetroot is high. It is also rich in ...
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Type of hypoalergenic milk to supplement breastfeeding?

As I am already asking here: Allergy prevention: long duration of breast feeding vs early exposure to allergens - how does that fit together? Isn't this contradictory? I am a quite puzzled by the ...
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Allergy prevention: long duration of breast feeding vs early exposure to allergens - how does that fit together?

So, as a proud father of a two-months old daughter, whose mom has many rather strong allergies and heavy asthma passed down through several generations we'd like to suppress her developing of ...
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How does insulin sensitivity affect weight loss?

What is the relationship between insulin sensitivity and weight loss?
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How do you read a US nutrition label?

I want to clean up my diet, and be more aware of what I'm eating and how much, but I'm not sure how to read a nutrition label. I see the breakdowns of various vitamins, the calories and the ...
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Why do cosmetic surgeons recommend eating pineapple?

(I am not asking for advice on actually eating pineapple in this question. I am curious how this meme or trope has arisen.) I have had a number of surgeries in my time (I'm at the "use other side ...
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Does eating whole raw eggs lead to biotin deficiency?

I've been looking into this and can't seem to find it anywhere. I know that the raw egg whites can lead to a biotin deficiency, but I'm wondering if eating the yolk as well negates this. Please note ...
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How much pesticide remains on a harvested organic fruit?

Organic fruits can still be treated with pesticides. I would like to limit my intake (or eliminate entirely) of these pesticides. Has there been any investigation into how much pesticides remain on a ...
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Does eating fish help high blood pressure?

The common advice for people who have been diagnosed with heart problems like hypertension is "eat more fish, especially salmon." I've done a great deal of Googling and what I can't seem to figure out ...
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Do allergists treat non allergic sensitivities?

Do allergists treat non allergic sensitivities such as (non-celiac) Gluten Intolerance? This question is so trivial that I didn't find any source to add to it and I hope it can be accepted here as an ...
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Does increased consumption of fructose cause increased insulin resistance in humans?

As far as I understand it, diabetes is a disease that is composed of essentially two issues: The pancreas' insulin production capabilities The body's sensitivity to insulin and I'm asking a rather ...
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Does mixing ghee and honey cause clostridium to grow?

It's said that mixing honey and ghee together can cause Clostridium botulinum infection. How is this possible? Also a study claims that mixing ghee and honey is useful for open wounds https://www.ncbi....
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How do you feed a starving person in a way that won't kill them?

AFAIK people that suffer from severe starvation (e.g., prisoners liberated from concentration camps in the end of WW2) can die if you allow them to eat "at will". There is documented evidence that ...
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Intermittent Fasting: Why is exactly *zero* calories special?

Is there something special about exactly 0 calories vs 1 calorie? When researching Intermittent Fasting, the "magic" seems to come from the body's response to insulin dropping and its response to ...
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How much sucralose does Powerade Zero contain? Why does that information not appear to be provided?

I recently discovered Powerade Zero, which apparently has zero sugar / zero calories and is artificially sweetened by sucralose. Normally when I'm concerned about sugar content (which is basically ...
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Do high protein diets adversely affect kidney function in healthy adults?

I am curious about the impact on kidney health of a high protein diet in adults. I have read that generally patients with CKD are advised to eat a low protein diet because of the effect high amino ...
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How much time before donating blood should I eat food rich with iron? [closed]

I am regular donor and sometimes, they will not accept me because my iron level is too low (hemoglobin level is I believe precisely what is measured, though I am not an expert). They send me home, and ...
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Is intake of 1 tablet of 500 mg vitamin C per day unnecessary? [duplicate]

1 tablet of vitamin C has 500mg which is 556 %DV according to the label. I know that daily limit to feel healthy without symptoms is around 1000mg. Label also says that serving size is 1 chewable ...
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Can you measure insulin resistance?

I want to know whether insulin resistance can be quantified. If so, does this quantification allow us to compare different individuals? Does it allow us to compare insulin resistance in one individual ...
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Diabetes risk: Is eating dried dates more dangerous than eating cake? [closed]

I checked some random packages of various cakes and cookies in the supermarket. The sugar content per 100g of product went like 18g, 22g, 32g, or 38g. Meanwhile, on the package of dried dates the ...
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What is the evidence that blood sugar spikes, within a non-diabetic range, are inherently harmful?

It's become part of popular nutrition advice that people should avoid foods that "spike" their blood sugar, with the belief that sharp rises and drops in blood sugar over time cause insulin ...
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A vitamin supplement can be both water and fat soluble? [closed]

How can these nutritional facts included supplement can be defined? Water-soluble or fat-soluble?
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Are nutrition values always additive?

(Edited to clarify question, I am a math professor not a biologist so I appreciate help clarifying the language to match the knowledge base present here.) As I understanding nutrition labels, if a ...
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May subclinical Acatalasemia cause premature gray hair in an otherwise healthy human and if so, how is it normally treated?

It was written in the current version of the Wikipedia article Catalase: Low levels of catalase may play a role in the graying process of human hair. Hydrogen peroxide is naturally produced by the ...
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Is dark chocolate, which is used in cooking, good for health? [closed]

I read somewhere that dark chocolate, which is used in cooking, is good for health. I just want to know if is this right?
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Is high metabolism a problem?

I got a scale that takes a lot of measurements through bioimpedance. It has an accompanying app called OKOK.international, and when you upload your height, age, and gender on their app, it shows what'...
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What are DRVs and RDIs in "daily values" (DVs) for nutrition labeling?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) set "Daily Values" (DVs) for labeling foods that are comprised of Daily Reference Values (DRVs) and the Reference Daily Intakes (RDIs). From here:...
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Studies on the effect of combinations of dietary phenols, caloric fasting, and fiber on those with IBS

I'm interested in how gut bacteria ecosystems are affected when no protein and no digestible carbohydrates are consumed in combination with dietary phenols, and indigestible carbohydrates like fiber. ...
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Why are carbs said to be fattening?

I have friends who are trying to lose weight and they keep saying they can't eat certain foods because it is high in carbs and carbs are fattening. This doesn't make sense to me, I lost weight myself ...
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carb deficiency pathology association in sedentary people

Is carbohydrate consumption a recommended medical treatment for any pathology in otherwise healthy, sedentary people? By sedentary, I mean sitting at a desk most of the day, with no more than 5 hours ...
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Is eating spicy hot (pungent) food (hot chilli & peppers etc.) healthy or harmful?

I love all kinds of pungent food such as chili peppers etc., the hotter the better. I'd like to know, are there any significant dangers or benefits related to consuming them?
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Is breakfast the most important meal of the day? [closed]

Everyone has heard the saying that "breakfast is the most important meal of the day" and thus "you should never skip breakfast". Is there any evidance of this? Are there any ...
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How to make sense of vitamin B supplements offered in doses varying by 7000%?

These two Vitamin B Complex supplements contain doses that differ by a factor of as much as 70 times. How much, if any, supplement is good for you? That depends of course on you, your diet, your ...
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How much protein per 100g is considered "high protein"?

I've just opened my first ever USN "Pro Protein" premium multi-protein bar. Its a 68g bar with 20.1g protein in it. That's less than 1/3rd protein. Good news is it tastes pretty good... Anyway, the ...
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Does 3500 calories really equal a pound?

If you are attempting to lose weight via dieting and/or exercise, you will see this number EVERYWHERE on the internet. If you create a deficit of 3500 calories you will lose one pound, as simple as ...
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How low can you go on a low salt diet? [closed]

I'm sensitive to salt and am considering doing a salt-free diet. Is it ok if I remove salt and seasonings from my diet and cooking altogether? Will the sodium content of natural foods like oats, milk, ...
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Would a person with high body fat survive longer without food?

Considering the following information: The more fat stores available, the longer a person can typically survive during starvation. Once the fat stores have been completely metabolized, the body then ...
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Ice cream after surgery (Forrest Gump)

Forrest Gump: The only good thing about being wounded in the buttocks is the ice cream. They gave me all the ice cream I could eat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sY7umyLACw (from 00:30) Is there a ...
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Elderberry seeds toxicity

I was almost ready to prepare elderberry jam, using the elderberry with its seed, but then I found some information about seed's toxicity. Do you know if the seed of ripe elderberries are toxic when ...
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Why nutritional / Dietary supplement pills are having their side effects?

I was recently reading about nutritional or dietary supplement medicines or pills most of them contain wide range of vitamins and minerals essential for well being of a human being and are used to ...
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How does the brain react to intermittent fasting during the whole cycle?

In the 16/8 intermittent fasting, you eat for 8 hrs then fast for 16hrs. I am curious about how the brain reacts to these changes as the cycle progresses through the day. When will cognitive ...
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Amino acid data - 101 for beginners

I am a data analyst who received amino acid data from lab to transform them into a form suitable for analysis. What I would like to check with you is check whether the below terms mean the same? For ...
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Can menstruation disorders be in any way linked to an elevated intake of sodium and/or calcium?

Can menstruation disorders be in any way linked to an elevated intake of sodium and/or calcium? This excerpt got me wondering about that. I didn't find anything on Google that would corraborate this ...
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Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Range [closed]

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2674146/ I found some papers suggesting AMDR is not the optimum and it is too high on carbohydrates in particular. Is it generally safe to undergo a 27....
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Understanding google's nutrition chart

When I googled "Chikpea", it shows following chart on right: It says: *Per cent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your ...
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Can eating chalk cause very low level haemoglobin level?

My friend has a haemoglobin level of 6 g/dl. She eats a lot of chalk. The doctor said that the chalk accumulation is hindering the production of haemoglobin. Does that make sense, or there might be a ...

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