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

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Is Glue on Chocolate and other Wrappers Safe/ Edible?

Is the glue from the wrappers on chocolate bars (Yorkie for example) and other foods safe to eat and consume (sometimes it gets stuck on the product)? I tried researching but came up blank... I am ...
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Can a person survive off of a diet alternating daily between mayonnaise, honey, beer, and wine? [closed]

Suppose an individual has a device which can produce one of a number of liquids, each day in particular quantities: Given these specific foods, drinks, and quantities could 4-5 people survive for ...
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Can iron-rich food cause an overdose?

Daily Value (DV) for iron for adults and children age 4 and older is 18 mg (Office of Dietary Supplements, NIH.gov). Can iron-rich foods cause an overdose of iron, if 150 % daily value (27 mg) is ...
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Do nutrients have the same functions for kids and adults? And are the symptoms of deficiency the same? [closed]

I’m writing my bachelorthesis about children’s nutrition. Now I stumbled upon a question that I can’t answer myself and I wasn’t able to find it anywhere either. Do nutrients (carbs, fat, protein, ...
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Is olive oil healthy in general, or only as a replacement for saturated fats?

Olive oil is often said to be "healthy". This study, for example, states: For each 10 g/d increase in extra-virgin olive oil consumption, cardiovascular disease and mortality risk decreased by ...
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How do nuts fit into the ketogenic diet? [closed]

I just got done reading the book, Why We Get Fat, by Gary Taupes. I found it a fascinating read and I am going to give that eating philosophy a personal 4 month trial. I am planning my meals and ...
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How do diabetics manage their diet and meal planning? [closed]

I've been trying to understand how important diet is to managing diabetes and was wondering whether meal planning was a really important thing and what it involved. Do you have to spend a lot of time ...
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Does eating any kind of seafood lengthen the healing time of an injury?

I have heard multiple times in my life that eating seafood would lengthen healing time of an injury, such as a large cut or a broken bone, and possibly make it worse. I heard this mainly from eastern ...
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How often should you drink water? Not how much

We all know how much water we should be drinking. However, I have a close friend that only drinks 1.5 litres of water once a day. Keep in mind that they do consume other liquids with food. ...
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Can the foods you have been eating be detected through blood tests?

I know that things like sodium, cholesterol, and sugar levels can be found in blood (at least I think so.) But what about things like fruits and veggies? Can that be detected through bloodwork? Or ...
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Which herbal teas have been proven to energize?

Summary (TL;DR): In the interest of brevity, I abbreviate 'herbal tea' as tisane. Is there any evidence that tisanes can energize? If so, which ones? Please exclude teas with caffeine (eg black and ...
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Choice of foods and proportions for vegans

Relating to the average patient's meal, which foods and how would the portion size be modified in order to meet Dietary Guidelines. EDIT: In other words, what to think about when designing vegan ...
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Can Vitamin C and E supplements cure or manage Preeclampsia resulting from oxidative stress?

According to Judith E. Brown's fifth edition of the "Nutrition Through Life Cycle" textbook, "Oxidative stress and lack of anitoxidant defences appear to play key roles in the development of ...
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Boiling vegetables for an hour and retention of their nutrients

I boil broccoli, eggplants, courgette/zucchini and okra for an hour on high heat before eating them, because I prefer them totally soft so that I don't have to chew them (for personal reasons, ...
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How dangerous is it to eat the worms inside fruits?

because I have diabetes, I try to have more dried fruits instead of cookies, and one of my recent favorites is dried figs. I buy them from Costco. Today I came across this page on Amazon on the same ...
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Cloves and potassium intake [closed]

since it is so hard to get the required daily 3,700 mg of potassium, I have been considering adding cloves to my diet. I found it easy to swallow powdered cloves in the morning, however I'd like to ...
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Constipation - Soluble Fibre Foods [closed]

I've heard that a recommended diet for constipation related to irritable bowel syndrome is to increase the amount of soluble and decrease the amount of insoluble fiber. I have a trouble understanding ...
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Does the special kind of diet really matter, when making a radical change?

Ok, so this might not be the most medically sound question, since I am a mathematician by training, but please bear with me. The question originates from an observation I made from being confronted ...
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does eating beans cold modifies their nutritional profile?

I read here that if we prepare dried beans this way: soak overnight. boil. put them in the refrigerator. eat them cold. They would be digested in the intestines rather than in the stomach, acting as ...
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Can consumption of large quantity of eggs (with yolks) be harmful for health? [closed]

I have seen people throwing egg yolk while eating egg. Bodybuilders who take large quantities of egg (50 per day) if they eat yolk is there a health complication compared to eating only egg white.
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What are the health benefits and risks of ingesting Aloe vera?

Aloe vera seems to be everywhere these days, especially in skin products. However you can also buy Aloe vera gel intended for human consumption and food items that contain Aloe vera. A study by ...
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Starvation with food

How long might someone live If they give up on eating? Eating only 100-200 calories a day and a few small glasses of fluids
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Is consuming fruits and veggies particularly high in fructose unhealthy?

I've done quite some research on this matter, but still cannot reach a confident conclusion. The idea is a diet consisting of whole foods is generally a healthy one, and a diet high in sodium, sugar,...
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What would a map of all possible diets look like?

As I understand it, a diet can be broadly described in term of macronutrient ratios—i.e., the proportions of energy received from carbohydrate, protein and fat sources. In that case, presumably the ...
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Why does the USDA not examine aliments for weighted mean nutrient reduction potential and weighted mean fat viscocity and divulge such information?

So I get that antioxidants are really important to combat free radicals, aging, stress, e.t.c. This information is quantified by the reduction potential. Would the value of the information be less ...
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How low can you go on a low salt diet?

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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Source for gluten content in foods

I am looking for a source about the gluten contents in foods and beverages. I'm not gluten-intolerant and I don't have any allergy of any kind. But I'm working on this diet and I am just wondering if ...
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Chlorophyll supplements: metabolism of chlorophyll in the human body and proof for resulting health benefits?

I see people buy and consume powders that they claim consists of chlorophyll, calling it „lichtkraft“ in german, meaning „the power of light”. They are expecting health benefits from consuming it. ...
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How much Vitamin A is in 1g of Fish Oil?

I have been researching fish oil supplementation, and one thing that concerns me is that fish oil may contain Vitamin A, which is fat soluble. Hypervitamintosis A can occur if too much Vitamin A is ...
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Are artificial sweeteners safe?

There seems to be a lot of noise about health risks of consuming artificial sweeteners, especially aspartame and saccharin. Many sources argue that these chemicals carry huge risks of developing ...
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Carrots of other colors besides orange [closed]

Are carrots other than orange good for the eyes? Do they contain any vitamin A? I'm mostly just curious about potential foodstuffs that are good for the body & I'm starting with carrots because I ...
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What does the prevalence of low potassium (hypokalemia) in 21% of hospital patients really tell us and how is it being addressed?

According to the National Institute of Health, more than 1 in 5 hospital patients has hypokalemia (low potassium) and often this is the result of a side effect of heart related medications (ibid.): .....
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Why do boys aged 4 to 8 use more nutritional supplements than girls in this Canada fact sheet?

In this survey there is an anomalty that only boys aged 4 to 8 use more nutritional supplements than girls of the same age in Canada. Can someone please explain or interpret this oddity? It is never ...
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How to restore mouth PH balance after lime soda? [closed]

Squashed lime soda is my favorite drink. And I usually combine it with coffee. I recently learnt the drink creates an very low, acidic pH level in mouth which can cause tooth enamel to decay and ...
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Is Jicama root safe to eat every day?

Is 4-6oz of Jicama root safe to eat every day? According to the following website, Jicama root contains a fat-soluble organic toxin that is linked to the development of Parkinson's disease. It then ...
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How exactly is whole-wheat flour healthier than white flour?

I've read the question about Why is White flour unhealthy. It seems like raw/bleached/white flour is just the endosperm component, but that whole-wheat flour contains the endosperm along with the ...
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50:50-sugar-fat mixture and weight gain. New research? [closed]

A couple of years ago I saw a BBC Horizon television documentary about sugar and fat. One section mentioned three experiments performed by Dr Paul Kenny in which rats were given their ordinary rat ...
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Can one candy bar per day be part of a healthy diet?

Are there any ill effects from eating one normally size candy bar per day over a long period of time, as part of an otherwise well-balanced diet for an active adult? For example, a Twix bar with: ...
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Is dark chocolate, which is used in cooking, good for health?

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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Assessing protein bars with artificial sweeteners for diabetics type 2

In case of diabetes type 2, I have learned that it is recommended to find a low carb diet, possibly even low fat (to ease loss of weight) and to compensate instead with whole grain food, high amounts ...
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How does breastfeeding protect the mother's bones?

Every time that I look up breastfeeding benefits for the mom I get these main 3 along with others: Decreased chance of breast cancer Decreased chance of ovarian cancer Decreased chance of ...
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Is eating refregerated home cooked food daily bad for health?

I cook food on Sunday in bulk quantity, enough to last me lunch and dinner till Wednesday (sometimes Thursday if I had to skip for outside food in between). I separate everyday meals in rubber maid ...
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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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Is there any reason lean meats are easier to digest besides them having low fat? [closed]

Is there any reason lean meats are easier to digest besides them having low fat? For example are the fibers that make up the tissues easier to break down in any way?
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What nutritional flaws are there in an amino-diet?

I am trying to talk a friend out of starting on a new cleanse / diet fad, which consists of some products with "concentrated amino acids" and some sugars and fats, and very little else. Apparently, ...
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Is rapid weight loss unhealthy?

A commonly quoted figure is that 1-2 pounds (0.5-1 kg) a week is a healthy rate at which to lose weight, and that 'crash diets' are bad for you. What is this figure based on, and in what way is ...
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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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Is it ineffective to drink cold water to cool down when you are warm?

I have heard many times that drinking cold water when you are warm is not an effective way to cool down. The most common supposed reason that I have heard is that the body needs to spend a ...
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Food, recovered alcoholic and fallout

I am interested in mechanisms that can harm a recovered alcoholic. Question was born from a common saying: A former alcohol-addicted will never drink a drop of alcohol anymore, without fall again ...
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Can excessive Vitamin D cause insomnia or damage sleep patterns?

It seems its well known that low vitamin D can cause sleeping issues, one link: https://examine.com/nutrition/can-supplemental-vitamind-improve-sleep/ Therefore, I became curious and was wondering ...

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