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Why is natural sugar healthier than refined sugar?

To directly answer your question: it is not. "Natural" sugar is no healthier than "refined" sugar, and sugar in fruits is no healthier than sugar in juice. Sugar molecules are ...
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Is having 3 whole eggs at breakfast harmful?

The American Heart Association no longer condemns eggs in its guidelines. But it does recommend that people limit themselves to 300 milligrams of cholesterol daily (a single egg has about 200 ...
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Why is White flour not healthy?

No individual food is "not healthy" it is your diet that overall is healthy or not. Using white flour instead of whole flour gives away a chance to eat some fibre. A page from the UK's NHS explains ...
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Is all protein the same?

The requirements for amino acids are given here. The relative ratio between the amino acids is also important here, it's no good getting a lot of one type if you miss out on another one, you need to ...
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Am I overweight? Bad self image...?

No, you are not overweight at all, and whoever told you it was a good idea to even consider a "diet" was very mistaken. Don't listen to them. At 120 pounds and 5'5", your Body Mass Index is 20.0, ...
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Ketosis over extended period

Long-term ketogenic diet can have various side effects. Safety and tolerability of the ketogenic diet used for the treatment of refractory childhood epilepsy: a systematic review of published ...
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Is using vegetable oil bad for a ketogenic diet?

The general recommendation against vegetable oil has nothing to do with the oil source. The usual complain is that vegetable oils are perceived as "highly processed" and thus "not natural". Which of ...
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Possible iron/protein defeciency in vegetarians

Is it possible for vegetarians who eat plenty of dairy food to have iron or protein deficiency? Everyone who consumes too little iron can develop iron-deficiency anemia, but this is not necessary ...
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Low Carb Diet Causing Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms

The main causes of nutrition-related peripheral neuropathy are deficiencies of vitamins B1 (thiamin), B3 (niacin), B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folate) and B12 (cobalamin) (Emedicine). In carnivores, vitamin ...
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What are trustworthy food and nutrition information websites, without ties to food companies?

Well, if you really want a website that offers easy to understand information that is based on scientific studies, then there is one site that I would recommend to you: Nutritionfacts It's basically ...
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Is it bad if I don't eat in the morning, as long as I eat enough?

https://authoritynutrition.com/is-skipping-breakfast-bad/ Breakfast Eaters Tend to Have Healthier Habits? It’s true, many studies show that breakfast eaters tend to be healthier. For example, they ...
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Ketosis over extended period

You might be interested in this study: Long-term effects of a ketogenic diet in obese patients. Specifically, for 83 obese study participants on a ketogenic (<30g carb/day) diet for 24 weeks: ...
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Does "Hot soup on a hot day keep you cool"?

Surprisingly, yes. Recent research explains: When we’re hot, we naturally cool our bodies primarily by sweating, or more specifically by having the sweat evaporate from our skin (that’s important!). ...
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Dietary Interactions that cause Constipation

The major dietary causes are not enough water and not enough fibre. (See the Risk Factors section of this Mayo Clinic article, which focuses on medical causes of constipation.) There's nothing ...
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Is fibre an essential nutrient?

Essential nutrient means any substance normally consumed as a constituent of food which is needed for growth and development and/or the maintenance of life and which cannot be synthesized in adequate ...
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Is there evidence that humans should fast intermittently daily for 16 hours because it is healthy in general?

Quality of Evidence First off, I'd be careful with the sources you are citing-- one of them is an opinion letter in a journal, and two are studies in rats. When looking at studies, the best evidence ...
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Vitamin supplements with a balanced diet

Vitamins and minerals from foods an supplements taken simultaneously can be absorbed normally, because their absorption is usually not regulated by the amounts you take. However, the absorption of ...
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Why is some alcohol consumption healthier than no alcohol consumption?

While there is some evidence for what we call a J-shaped curve in the relationship between alcohol consumption and certain health outcomes, at best this evidence only suggests people who already drink ...
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How to explain the theory of the influence of purine and alcohol on the incidence of risk for gout in light of contradictory evidence?

How does one explain 'avoid purines in food' if purine-rich plant food isn't counting? Sustained increase in blood uric acid levels (hyperuricemia) is a risk factor for acute gouty arthritis (Current ...
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Is it risky to eat at most 12 ounces of canned sardines weekly for about two months?

Like you mentioned, 12 ounces of sardines a week fits under the FDA's guidelines, so it should not be harmful to the adult that you described. Sardines contain a lot less mercury than many other fish ...
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Does 3500 calories really equal a pound?

It is, at least, overly simplified. The average amount of water in adipose tissue is 13%. In addition to that, it also contains approx. 3% protein. The remainder is fat. Lard, which should have a ...
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Why does following a fiber-rich diet help reduce the odds of getting cancer?

In short: There is insufficient or conflicting evidence about the cancer-protecting effect of a high-fiber diet. Suggested mechanisms: Colorectal cancer: increased stool bulk and dilution of ...
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Where is the correct list of FODMAP products?

There is no "correct" low-FODMAP diet chart, because there is no clearly defined amount of FODMAPs that would cause problems. There are foods that contain high, moderate or low amount of FODMAPs and ...
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Where is the correct list of FODMAP products?

The FODMAP hypothesis was first proposed in 2005 in this paper. The second author appears to maintain a website where she lists some foods though it's an incomplete list. Grapefruit would classified ...
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What are trustworthy food and nutrition information websites, without ties to food companies?

You can try the Harvard Nutrition Source. It seems to be very science based, although outside interests are always present. I guess the best way to get scientific data is using and comparing various ...
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Are there objective criteria to define if a diet is "healthy"?

I will answer your last question: What are (if there are any) the requirements for a diet to be defined "healthy"? Quality of existing diets is expressed by the so-called "index values" which ...
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Will I lose weight following this diet?

The common thought here is to lose weight you need to have more calories going out than coming in (basically, just eat less). Your TDEE (number of calories you should eat per day to stop any weight ...
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Which foods are good for fat-burning?

As far as I know, there are no foods that burn fat in any significant amount (Mayo Clinic). To burn fat, a food would need to have "negative calories," which means less calories than the calories ...
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How to lose water weight? Or prevent water retention?

For a healthy individual there are 2 main ways to lose water weight: To decrease sodium intake (this may take several days to become effective). A low-carb diet that results in ketosis (in as little ...
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Can one candy bar per day be part of a healthy diet?

Twix is part of an otherwise healthy diet. According to the American Heart Association the limit is 36 grams of sugar. That is 2/3 of the recommended maximum in one little bar. That one little bar ...
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