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

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Does the digestive process in humans consume water

This question arose out of a discussion about fasting during Ramadan. Which, if you are not aware, involves abstaining from eating and drinking between dawn and dusk. Something which can be quite ...
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Can you get diabetes from eating lots of sweet fresh unprocessed fruit? [closed]

Is there research/consensus on whether sugars contained within fresh fruits like grapes can cause diabetes or if there is some kind of mechanism that offsets potential effects.
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Nuts healthier than ice cream - or aren't they? [closed]

(Newbie question: I hope this question is compatible with this Stack Exchange site) Looking at nutrition facts, it seems you get fatter eating 100g nuts, rather than 100g ice cream. So why are nuts ...
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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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All capsules are dangerous for lever? [closed]

I am purely vegan so could not drink the collagen powder. I was planning to put the powder in capsules(5-6 capsules daily) as I have a capsule filling machine at home, but I was told by someone that ...
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Is uric acid processed/removed differently than other acids?

It is my understanding that uric acid is a byproduct of the body breaking down certain proteins, and if the body can not get rid of this acid fast enough it can lead to gout and other complications. ...
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Where do RDI (recommended daily intake) values come from?

We are told to follow the RDI for a variety of nutrients. This is repeated over and over by teachers, guides, nutritionists, medical doctors and so on. However, when asked, no one can provide me with ...
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Is breakfast the most important meal of the day? [closed]

In WebMD we read Many people skip the a.m. meal because they’re rushing to get out the door. That’s a mistake. You need food in your system long before lunchtime. However I have come across this ...
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Has it been shown that consuming less than 1000 mg of calcium per day is harmful? [duplicate]

The RDI for calcium is 1000-1300 mg. I wonder if it was established simply by observing what normal healthy people consume daily, or has it actually been shown that consuming only, say, 500 mg is bad ...
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Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Range

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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How much do certain probiotics reduce cavity causing bacteria?

In the paper titled Effect of Short-term Consumption of Amul Probiotic Yogurt Containing Lactobacillus acidophilus La5 and Bifidobacterium Lactis Bb12 on Salivary Streptococcus mutans Count in High ...
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Meaning of “natural” in “high natural protein intake” in a consensus guideline on BH4 deficiencies

From the Consensus guideline for the diagnosis and treatment of tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) deficiencies: Apart from BH4Ds, the differential diagnosis of HPA includes phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH) ...
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Is there bromide insufficiency and if so, how does it treated without causing bromism?

I have read about mineral inefficiencies in humans such as iron insufficiency or zinc insufficiency and recently I learned on the use of bromine containing molecules (bromides) in different medical ...
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What is the basis for fiber intake recommendations [closed]

I see recommendations across the web for anywhere from 20 to 38 grams of daily fiber intake, depending on your demographic. Now, I'm a big fan of fiber and how it helps digestion. But looking at the ...
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Why is the percentage of daily value for sugar omitted on US Nutrition Facts labels?

Why does the Sugars category not have a %DV column on US Nutrition Facts Labels? On Nutrition Facts labels in the US, almost every major category of nutrient has a daily value. Sugars, which appears ...
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Cholesterol: What is the upper limit for VLDL and how do you lower the levels?

Linked to Cholesterol: How can you lower LDL and maintain OR raise HDL? Everywhere I look online (e.g. Cleveland Clinic), it says about keeping LDL (Low Density Lipoproteins) to less than 100 mg/dL ...
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Cholesterol: How can you lower LDL and maintain OR raise HDL?

Everywhere I look online (e.g. Cleveland Clinic), it says about keeping LDL (Low Density Lipoproteins) to less than 100mg/dL and where possible raise HDL (High Density Lipoproteins) to 50mg/dL or ...
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Fats in nutrition information does not add up. Where are the unknown fats coming from?

I have a certain product that says there were 8 g of fat. Listed below it are the fats content such as Omega 3 - 4379 mg, Trans fat - 0 g, Saturated fat - 1.5 g. But all these does not add up! I ...
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Is it possible for humans to absorb nutients from the soil similar to trees?

Recently heard about a practice where the pores of skin are expanded by steam or pierced with small holes. The body or portion of is then submersed or lathered in a nutrient solution for absorption ...
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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 eating straight sugar ok, as long as I eat it with fiber?

According to a quick Google search, a mango has 46 grams of sugar (primarily fructose). Now from what I understand, eating fruit isn't an issue, primarily because of the fiber that slows the sugar ...
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Is it possible to measure L-cysteine amino acid levels in the body?

The supplement N-ACETYL CYSTEINE (NAC) is increasingly popular among patients suffering from the mental and physical issues NAC claims to improve. However, the article also states "it is found in ...
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Can carbonated water produce addiction in humans?

Recently I have been quite heavily drinking beer, and noticed a strange effect: apparently an addiction developed but not to alcohol but to CO2. Basically, now I cannot satisfy my thristyness with ...
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What should I check before taking protein supplements?

I read on http://www.refinery29.com/2017/08/167981/bodybuilder-death-urea-cycle-disorder (mirror): While protein supplements may not seem dangerous, Hefford's case is a reminder of how important it ...
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Should I be worried about glyphosate exposure?

There has been a lot of discussion in the media lately about glyphosate (Roundup) and what some see as a huge risk of exposure to a possibly carcinogenic chemical. Some examples: The Real Reason ...
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Ketosis over extended period

Is it unhealthy to be in ketosis for more than 6 months on a low carb diet? I would like to be in ketosis for a year if healthy.
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Can eating food cause you to gain more weight than the mass of that food, over time [duplicate]

NOT A DUPLICATE OF: Can food make you put on more weight than it's own weight? That question diverges off into stuff about calories and energy density and other stuff, which I'm not interested in ...
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Is drinking blended meals just as nutritious as eating whole meals? [closed]

If you cook a meal and then blend it and drink it, are you getting more-or-less the same amount of nutrition from the meal? Does your body absorb the nutrients in the same way as it would otherwise? ...
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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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Can a calorie be neither protein, carbohydrate, nor fat?

I recently started using MyFitnessPal to try to lose weight and I noticed that a particular beer I had drunk has a tremendous number of calories relative to the number of grams of carbs it contains ...
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What are the possible health issues caused by Maggie Noodles? What steps can be taken to minimize the aftereffects? [closed]

Recently Nestle's Maggie Noodles was in news headlines and banned in India. It is said that the food crossed the permitted limits of chemicals such as monosodium glutamate, lead, etc. So what are all ...
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How does refeeding syndrome cause pitting edema?

In the answer to "How do you feed a starving person in a way that won't kill them?", it is mentioned that refeeding syndrome can cause peripheral edema. How does this occur?
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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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Is it possible to gain weight from only glucose?

Assuming a diet of only glucose, is it possible to gain weight? I know that fructose can be converted by the liver to triglycerides and be stored as fat. However, my understanding is that glucose can ...
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Hair loss without having genetics (father and mother) of hair loss

What causes hair loss when we seem to have no genetics propensity for it? My father has no sign of hair loss. How to treat this — foods, routines, medicines, etc. Please provide a detailed answer.
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Can humans enhance their production of endocannabinoids by nutrition?

The endocannabinoid system is a biological system composed of endocannabinoids, which are endogenous lipid-based retrograde neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors, and cannabinoid ...
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Is having 3 whole eggs at breakfast harmful?

Last couple of day I have been having 3 whole eggs scrambled with around 2 tea spoon soybean oil in breakfast. Some friends of mine told me having 3 whole eggs is harmful for my health. I understand ...
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Does eating too much cocoa have harmful side effects?

My question concerns the consumption of pure, unsweetened cocoa. The cocoa to be consumed could either be boiled or mixed with tap water. Its consistency could range from buttery to creamy to soda-...
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Can food make you put on more weight than it's own weight? [closed]

We all know that about 3500 calories is equivalent to 1 pound (7500 cals for 1kg). So can a piece of food weighing one pound have more than 3500 calories? What are the highest and lowest energy ...
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Eating egg shells: advantages v.s. disadvantages?

I am an engineer and a scientist, but not in the field of medicine or health. Partial answers/comments are welcome. Some of my family members start eating egg shells for the sake of obtaining ...
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What could the following statement mean? 'No one seems to die of old age anymore.'

This statement is from the book, 'What your doctor doesn't know about nutritional medicine may be killing you', by Dr. Ray Strand. He seems to me to be saying that people nowadays are 'dying of ...
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Is it bad to eat fruits after a meal? [closed]

In France, it is commons to end a meal with a fruit. Also in different part of the world: I grew up having traditional Chinese dinners cooked by my grandmother most nights. Her large dining table ...
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Do protein bars/shakes provide nutrients that your body can use? [closed]

To my understanding, a lot of people consider protein bars/shakes unhealthy. They are processed, often sugary, and contain chemicals that are probably used to create gym mats. I eat protein bars ...
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Can (mal)nutrition cause muscle twitches?

We have often seen and/or experienced annoying involuntary muscle twitches in the corners of the eyes, in calf muscles etc. But I have wondered about their causes. WebMD states that [e]yelid ...
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Are dosages of Saccharin Sodium in food are non-carcinogenic?

There is such sweetener as Saccharin Sodium that being added sometimes in drinks and just sold as sweetener on it's own. I didn't found information about dosages, but but on nih.gov I see this: ...
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How to Determine How Much Water to Drink [closed]

I am planing to develop a mobile application to monitor the water intake level of a person. I found the following calculator, but I have no idea what is the formula that they have used in the ...
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Is it risky to eat at most 12 ounces of canned sardines weekly for about two months?

According to this page https://www.livestrong.com/article/550938-health-risks-of-eating-sardines/ In the 'Concern About Sardines' Mercury Content' section The FDA recommends a weekly intake of two to ...
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If protein poisoning is caused by a lack of dietary fats, why isn't it more prevalent? [closed]

From what I've read about protein poisoning/rabbit starvation, the issue is a complete lack of fats in the diet. The malnutrition symptoms are pretty bad, and it's telling that cravings can only be ...
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Olive oil - healthy as a substitute, or in its own right?

There are many articles about extra virgin olive oil being healthy - for example here. This implies, at least, that replacing other fats in the diet (such as butter or other vegetable oils) with olive ...
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Impact of time between salad preparation and consumption [closed]

Will a salad made with cut spinach, grated beetroot and carrot, mixed with curd/yogurt, kept in refrigerator retain it's nutrients 1 hour after the preparation? Only thing I know that upon cutting ...

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