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

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Gym and Eat less calories [closed]

I have some thoughts that are contradicting each other. Gym <=> Good for health and longevity. Eat less calories <=> Good for health and longevity. Gym or eating less calories - what is ...
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Optimum / limit daily dose of Vitamin C?

The National Institutes of Health's Office of Dietary Supplements states that the recommended daily amount of Vitamin C for an adult male is 90 mg. The highest recommended dose is 120 mg for ...
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What are trustworthy food and nutrition information websites, without ties to food companies?

After watching the documentary Fed Up, I was inclined to look for trustworthy dietary advice online. Without getting into arguments about whether Fed Up makes a good argument about sugar consumption, ...
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Is it actually advantageous to ration food?

I posted this question on the Outdoors SE site. There were some good points regarding morale and such, but I'm curious about this question from a purely biological/nutritive perspective. Copying from ...
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What diet should I eat to perform optimally, maximizing my alertness? [closed]

While studying I have noticed that some diets contribute to wide swings of alertness and tiredness while other diets result in a steady slight brain fog for an extended period. Given the desire to ...
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Omega 3/6/9 versus Omega 3 supplements

Are there any benefits to taking an Omega 3/6/9 supplement versus just taking an Omega 3 supplement? According to Wikipedia, in a "typical Western diet" the ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids is ...
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Are apricot seeds safe to consume as food?

Are apricot seeds safe to consume as food? I've heard thay containe a substrance that may convert into cyanide. https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/09/11/melbourne-man-has-cyanide-poisoning-after-...
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Is “instant oatmeal” as healthy as regular oatmeal?

"Instant oatmeal" is a popular product; it typically is fully cooked in 1-3 minutes. A friend was telling me that it's not nearly as healthy as cooking regular oatmeal (which typically takes at least ...
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Are there objective criteria to define if a diet is “healthy”?

Recently in Italy there is quite some discussion around a proposed law that concerns the vegan diet. I am not here to discuss the merits or the demerits neither of the law nor of the vegan diet. I ...
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How long does it take for the simple sugars in a drink to reach the bloodstream?

We are talking about 24g of sugar in Kool Aid Jammers. Does the sugar enter the stream nearly instantaneously or does it take a while? 10 minutes? 30?
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Reliable sites that list the purine content of most foods for gout diet?

I've looked at dozens of websites, more than half associated with universities, and I still can't figure out which foods are high in purine and which are not. What I do is try to compare the purine ...
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Is there any evidence that phytic acid in oats can be dangerous?

I heard a lot of times that eating oats almost daily can be dangerous because of it. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phytic_acid
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Is it possible to regain lost lactose tolerance?

I could perfectly digest dairy till the age of 35. One fine day when I went to doctor to ask about stomach problems I had in past some days that year, I was told that I am lactose intolerant. How did ...
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Individual variation in food energy bio-availability

I'm sure that this question has been asked before, but I've been unable to find the correct wording to give useful search results. Nutritional information assumes the following energy values: 4kcal/...
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Are there any health hazards related to raw veganism?

I was talking to a friend yesterday about raw veganism and he expressed his concerns about it because he thinks that raw vegans can't metabolize proteins adequately due to the low temperature they use ...
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How much coffee can a healthy adult drink?

How much coffee can a healthy adult drink before it starts to affect them in a bad way? For example, some friends of mine get headaches if they drink more than 2 cups in a single day.
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Ginger or garlic and common cold?

Is there any reason to believe ginger or garlic help curing or preventing common cold? I've heard this multiple times suggested as a home remedy. What does the science say?
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Are nutritionists alternative medicine practitioners?

I got the impression, possibly from Ben Goldacre's book "Bad Medicine", that nutritionists are alternative medicine practitioners. Is that the case?
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Can we live only on chocolate?

This question is out of curiosity. I have a new colleague. I haven't seen him going out for lunch or eating anything else but chocolate. He eats only chocolate bars whole day, about 3 big bars every ...
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Combined consumption of green tea and cheese / meat

If I drink green tea it happens that after 1-1.5h I feel very tired. I noticed that this does not happen if I consume cheese / meat while drinking green tea. If I eat vegetables or grains during the ...
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Which essential nutrient is the first that will cause debilitating illness if supply is insufficient

While reading about the US requirements for food labeling (How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Label) about essential nutrients it became obvious that that label is far from complete. ...
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Do nutrition fact labels include the nutritional content of wasted (unreachable) food? [closed]

Many packaged foods are in containers or bags which result in a significant amount of the food being left behind in their packaging (soup at the bottom of the can, melted cheese left on the pan from ...
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How to improve omega-3 fatty acid absorption? [duplicate]

I'm going to add an omega-3 supplement in my diet using encapsulated fish oil pills. I want to know how can I improve its absorption, and also understand why. That is the boundary conditions: when, ...
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In comparing the healthiness of shredded wheat and bran flakes, what are some pro/con considerations for each?

LiveStrong says that bran flakes are nutritionally comparable in health to shredded wheat. However, bran flakes contain sugar, while shredded wheat does not. I don't work in the area of life ...
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Is it possible to reduce stress by directly reducing cholestrol intake?

"Cortisol is a glucocorticoid hormone synthesized from cholesterol by enzymes..." Dartmouth University I also found some sites that mentioned that higher cholestrol resulted from people who were ...
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How accurate is nutrition information on supplement tablets in the the UK?

What is the legally required accuracy of nutrition information (ie. mass of vitamins and minerals) on food and tablet packaging in the UK?
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How to gain weight naturally or by food around the house [closed]

I'm 24 years old, vegetarian and weigh 31Kg. Can anybody tell me how to increase weight naturally and what food to keep around the house? Also I would like to ask, in my childhood I did not take ...
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Construction of an extremely cheap and healthful diet

I'm aware that this is a borderline question for this site, but I think it could be useful to a broad audience. My goal is to find a diet(meaning a list of exact raw materials, not preparation ...
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Long-term health consequences of consistently repeated food comas?

A food coma is usually when a person eats too much and they get very tired due to a high influx of insulin in their blood that tries to balance out the massive rush of glucose from food. There was ...
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Can we survive on liquid diet?

What if I am getting all my nutrition from fluids that includes vegetable and fruit juices, milk etc. Will it effect my body, metabolism, or digestive system in any way?
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Do slow juicers yield a more nutritious juice than regular juicers?

I have read some claims that slow juicers yield a more nutritious juice than regular juicers. YouTube The Hurom Slow Juicer using a low-speed type screw doesn't damage the raw ingredients with a ...
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What can cause stomach issues in a vegetarian?

I'm curious as to what sorts of viral, bacterial, or otherwise physiological sources could cause stomach discomfort in a vegetarian and in the presence of all of the following (in other words, having ...
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Why are the percentages next to carbohydrates and sugar not identical, while their amount in grams is?

I found this "declaration of nutritients" on my soda can (excerpt): amount | 100 ml | 330 ml | * ----------------+---------+---------+-------- carbs | 10.6 g | 35 g | 13% -...
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Is nutritional values difference between uncooked and cooked (in water) food only due to the additional water absorbed?

I noticed that there is a substantial difference between the nutritional values of some uncooked and cooked food. For example, 100g of uncooked quinoa has: 368 kcal Carbohydrates 64g Fat 6g Protein ...
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Soft foods that are high in vitamin B3

I recently found out that having sufficient vitamin B3 can help prevent gingivitis, I need to know some good soft foods that have a lot of vitamin B3 because eating hard food right now will likely ...
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Does yogurt contain any B vitamins?

Recently, vitamin B information has been removed from yogurt labels. I am not sure if it is (any longer) considered a reasonable source for B vitamins. B vitamins thiamine (B1) riboflavin (B2) ...
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Is there any way to increase self-burn calories rate?

Some would recommend doing more exercise, but somehow after couple weeks of exercise(burn at least 150 calories everyday), the rate still stay the exactly the same. Is the rate working like a fixed ...
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Why vitamin D3 is deficient in children and the elderly? [closed]

Vitamin D 3 of the most important vitamins that contribute to the growth of the human body. Why this vitamin is deficient and few in children and the elderly?
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Are synthetic vitamins from drugstores far less healthy and useful than those from natural products?

Is it correct that vitamin supplements that are sold in drugstores in form of pills/tablets are not so useful for health than those that we get from natural food, vegetables and fruits?
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Why do I get bloated stomach when in office but not at home? [closed]

I work in a software company. When in office, I tend to eat moderately. I make sure I have a short stroll every hour in office. At the end of the day, I end up getting bloated stomach. But when I'm ...
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How come corn and cornflakes (which are 98%+ corn) have a drastically different glycemic index rating?

For example, this table says corn has a GI of 55 whereas corn flakes are rated at 92! How can these ratings be so different when regular, unsweetened corn flakes are composed of 98%+ corn (according ...
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“Humans can actually subsist healthily on a diet of potatoes…”

In the article "The Columbian Exchange: A History of Disease, Food, and Ideas" by N. Nunn & N. Qian, published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives—Volume 24, Number 2—Spring 2010—Pages 163–188,...
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What are some healthy food to eat in between meals when a person gets hungry?

For some reason, I get hungry pretty fast. This leads to unhealthy behaviour of eating snacks to keep the hunger away. What are some healthy food to eat in between meals to ward off hunger?
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Salt and bad sleep

I've been having more and more problems with salt for a few years, especially late before I'm about to sleep. Eating out, beers at a pub with the associated salty nuts and food or a barbeque at home ...
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Honey. Is it really alkaline forming?

Honey may be acidic, but, like lemons, it is alkaline-forming in the body. Once in the stomach, it can actually alkalinize your system. In general, your diet should be made up of about 70 percent ...
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Nutritional Guidelines

Where can I find FDA nutritional guidelines that are used for Nutritional Facts on packaged foods? Based on 2000 calorie diet Total fat Sat fat Cholesteral Sodium Carbohydrate Protein Daily g ...
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Does fasting inhibit healing?

Fasting stresses the body. Whereas the body may normally rely on fats, proteins and carbohydrates from food, during a fast extending beyond a few days the body is forced to consume fats in place of ...
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Effect of Long Pressure Cooking on Essential Nutrients

My dietary staple is currently a soup made from meat, bone, and assorted vegetables pressure cooked for two hours at 15 psi (at the boiling point of about 250° F). I consume it in its entirety, ...
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What is the effect on insulin sensitivity after sudden breaking of a low carb diet?

What is the effect on the amount of insulin secreted after ingestion of a high carb diet after being on a low carb diet for some time.Will the amount of insulin secreted be too high or too low and why?...
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Seeing a nutritionist on Wednesday. Is there anything else I should ask about?

I'm seeing a nutritionist on Wednesday, and these are the list of questions I intend to ask. Would like to get advice of anyone in my position (vegetarian, blood results okay but on the borderline - ...

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