Questions tagged [nutrition]

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

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Are organic foods healthier than conventional foods?

There is a popular perception, and many marketing claims, that organic produce (and food in general) is healthier than food grown with conventional methods. Most commonly, the reasons given are: less ...
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What to take in for Breakfast? [closed]

I want to manage my weight. My hormones are such that if I eat something more fatty, my weight starts to increase rapidly. What I believe is your breakfast should be like a king and dinner like a ...
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Different protein ratios in similar calorie diets

Consider the following scenarios: Scenario 1: 3000 kcal daily intake 250g protein Scenario 2: 3000 kcal daily intake 100g protein Question: Does the protein ratio affect how much fat can be ...
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How to read food labels? [duplicate]

How are you supposed to read nutrition information on food labels? For example, how to determine whether the packaged food is healthy or not depending on the amount of sodium, protein, sugar, ...
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Is it better to eat fruit as they are, than to have them in liquid form?

For example, I have 4 oranges. I can either eat them whole (assume I consume every last bit of the flesh) or blend them into a juice and drink it (assume I consume every last bit of it). Which is ...
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How should ovo-lacto vegetarians compensate the lack of meat in their diets?

An ovo-lacto vegetarian includes both eggs and dairy products in his diet, but meat is completely excluded. In a regular non-vegetarian diet, meat is very important and provides many benefits if ...
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Detriments to Soylent fad?

There has been a bit of a soylent fad in my friend group recently. I'm interested in it as an occasional replacement meal. I have noticed that I'm a little more energetic when I do, suggesting I need ...
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What are the health risks associated with Monosodium Glutamate, if any?

I've heard that it can cause cancer, but are there any studies that support this claim?
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Does sleeping directly after eating cause permanent health issues? [duplicate]

I've heard sleeping directly after eating makes digestion less effective, i.e. you don't get all the nutrients you could get if you would stay awake. I've also heard it raises sugar levels in the ...
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Can food be addictive?

Is there any scientific literature investigating physical and psychological addiction to food? like e.g. sugar, refined flour, etc. Some studies, like this one talk about this subject but I'm ...
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Nutritionally speaking, are food volumes calculated pre- or post-preparation?

I'm trying to lose weight, and to that end, I've started logging my meals. 90% of the time it's very straightforward, except for one scenario: food that changes volume significantly. For example, ...
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Can refined flour be addictive? [duplicate]

Is there any scientific literature investigating physical and psychological addiction to white flour made of wheat? Some studies, like this one talk about this subject but I'm not well informed and ...
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Where can I find statistics about micronutrients deficiencies in European countries?

Data from the USDA show that many US residents fail to meet adequate intakes -based on average requirement- of several micronutrients. For example only 8% of US citizens meet requirements for fiber, ...
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What is rock salt? Is it helpful for diabetics?

I am a type-2 diabetic on oral medications (not insulin). On the recommendation of a relative, I started using rock salt in my food. Now, I have few questions on consumption of rock salt. Primarily, ...
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Does the Jewish law forbidding the mixing of milk and meat have health benefits?

Mixing milk and meat is prohibited by an ancient Jewish law. Jews have followed those rules for millennia out of religious belief, not science. Modern science can probably dig deeper and find actual ...
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Would it be better to have fruits on an empty stomach rather after a full meal?

I was used to have fruits normally after my main meal. Recently I read an article saying it is pointless and we need to try fruits on empty stomach or there should be an at least two hour gap with ...
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Do artificial sweeteners cause insulin spikes?

Which artificial sweeteners can cause insulin spikes?
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Olive oil versus sunflower oil

I wondered what was the best for the health. In general but also, I noticed that my sunflower oil indicates on its bottle that it shouldn't be cooked over 175 C°, what happens if we do (by mistake ...
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What are the weight loss benefits of splitting meals into smaller meals throughout the day every couple of hours? [duplicate]

Are there any weight loss benefits for splitting meals into smaller meals, other than getting less hungry because of more frequent consumption? Apparently metabolism increases, but this is deemed a ...
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What are the long term effects of dieting and maintaining a caloric deficit?

Are there any negative health risks for dieters assuming that you take a multivitamin, and other required supplements daily? The caloric deficit would end once the goal weight is achieved, which is ...
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Is eating one's dinner right before going to sleep bad for health?

I often read or hear that eating one's dinner right before going to sleep is bad for health. How true is that?
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Does it become harder to lose weight as you age?

In general, the average person will experience worsening metabolism with age. What makes it harder to lose weight for someone who is 40 versus say 20 assuming that the only difference is their age?
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Thiamin quantity in Kiwi - which source to believe? [closed]

I would like to know what is the Thiamin quantity in Kiwi. There are two websites: http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/2300?manu=&fgcd= which says that there is 0.027mg Thiamin in 100g of ...
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Are all sugars detrimental to health when consumed in the quantity of common processed foods?

Are fructose, glucose, and high fructose corn syrhop all damaging to health if consumed in portions common to processed foods? I hope for some clarification on what types of sugars are not found in ...
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How accurate is the saying that fat loss occurs first in the place it was put on last, and vice versa? [closed]

I've heard that you lose fat in the areas it was last gained. Similarly, the last place you'll lose it is the area you first put on the weight. What is the reason behind this mechanism? Is it a myth?
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What are the health risks of consuming 6-8 liters (1.5-2 gallons) of water daily?

Are there any health risks of consuming large quantities of water at a time or throughout the day?
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What is the ideal amount of salt intake (daily)?

What amount of daily salt intake is ideal for a person? Does increased consumption cause any adverse effects on the health of the person?
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Why do I eat anything I like and yet not gain weight? [closed]

I eat anything I like without regard to calorie-value. Pies, carbohydrates, cream, butter - everything that is generally considered fattening. I do not get any exercise beyond regular commuting/...
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What do the European reference intake values used for food labels actually mean?

In the European Union, food labeling is currently harmonized by Regulation 1169/2011. In it, the Reference Intakes or RI (previously Guideline Daily Amount or GDA) are defined as follows: Energy or ...
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Are farm raised fish unhealthier than their wild caught counterparts?

I like to eat fish on a regular basis, most notably salmon and tuna. Recently, I've been reading about some of the dangers of fish raised on fish farms. Notably, these can include Increased level of ...
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How long does it take to start losing belly fat [closed]

I jog about 30 minutes 5 days each week and was wondering how long it will take to start losing belly fat, like timewise. Is there a specific formula or something that i can use for jogging? Thanks
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Why am I advised not to eat immediately before exercise?

It is commonly said that, after eating, you should wait 2-3 hours before exercising. It isn't recommended to eat and right afterwards to exercise (or swim). But I haven't really understood why that ...
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What to substitute for milk, in search of sufficient calcium and nutrition?

In the above title, 'nutrition' is intended to mean the nutrients predominant in milk. (I'm not a biochemist; so I wrote this vaguely.) The Dietitians of Canada assert that everybody of ages 19-50 ...
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Does cooking food prevent the body from efficiently absorbing minerals?

It is true that we absorb minerals from cooked food less efficiently, because the membranes of our cells are made up mostly of hydrogen ions, therefore cooking food lose its anionic charge and it ...
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What are the most common sources of added sugars?

I am also interested in removing as much added sugar from my diet as possible, however I am unfamiliar with what constitutes an added sugar when I look at an ingredient label. Other than the ...
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Is there any downside in eating whole-grain rice instead of white rice?

Health benefits of eating whole-grain rice are often mentioned. But is there any downside in eating whole-grain rice instead of white rice?
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How can I boost my immune system? [closed]

There are a lot of products, foods, and activities that claim they "boost" the immune system. I've heard good things about yogurt, probiotics, superfoods, herbs, oils, supplements, acupuncture, yoga.....
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Does intake of processed sugar lower the immune system?

Growing up, my parents were very strict about sugar intake, because they had heard "somewhere" that eating refined sugar lowered your immune system function for 12-24 hours. At the time, this seemed ...
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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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What should my daily intake of calories be?

How can an adult in robust health find out how many calories his daily intake needs to be? I'm not asking for loss/gain of weight; simply to maintain my weight.
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How can I create a healthy and balanced vegetarian diet? [duplicate]

When going vegetarian, there is a problem; where can one get the protein he/she used to get from meat? How can one create a healthy and balanced vegetarian diet, so as to get the proper nutrition ...
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Does decaffeinated coffee inhibit iron intake as much as normal coffee does?

Apparently, coffee consumption can inhibit iron intake and in some cases is even linked to iron deficiency anemia, as Wikipedia says. It is unclear to me, however, how this happens. On the page about ...
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Is it safe to stop consuming sugars? [duplicate]

I've heard that consuming sugars can induce many different health problems. I wouldn't really mind excluding them from my diet, but would it be safe? Or do we have a minimum sugar requirement?
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Calcium supplements versus “fortified with calcium”

(By 'fortified', I refer to this definition: increase the nutritive value of (food) by adding vitamins.) Are there any differences between calcium supplements (as pills or tablets), and foods ...

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