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Are organic foods healthier than conventional foods?

TL;DR - Organic foods don't seem to have a significant difference as of what studies can prove, which is why conventional or organic, people should make sure they're getting the proper nutrients that ...
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Is rapid weight loss unhealthy?

The quoted "1-2" pounds per week (or approximately 0.5 - 1 kilo) is based on the traditional 3500 calories burned = 1 pound of fat. Now, while the exact figure of 3500 calories is somewhat open to ...
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How should ovo-lacto vegetarians compensate the lack of meat in their diets?

There are a few considerations when looking at a healthy lacto-ovo vegetarian diet. Complete Proteins This is fairly easy in this type of diet, as eggs contain complete proteins. There are also a ...
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Why is natural sugar healthier than refined sugar?

These are some reasons: Free sugars contribute to the overall energy density of diets. [1] Free sugars promote a positive energy balance. (= excess of energy intake) [1] Drinks that are rich in ...
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Can a one year old safely follow a ketogenic diet?

In general, no. A ketogenic diet is one where carbohydrates are eliminated and protein is restricted, to force the body to obtain its energy from the metabolism of fatty acids and ketone bodies, ...
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How should ovo-lacto vegetarians compensate the lack of meat in their diets?

NOTE: this answer only focuses on proteins. Short answer With beans (beans, chickpeas, lentils, etc.) and cereals. Long answer There are proteins in many vegetable foods, the difference with meat ...
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What are the health risks of consuming 6-8 liters (1.5-2 gallons) of water daily?

Summary The primary risk of excessive water intake is hyponatremia (low sodium level in the blood). While a healthy person who drinks 6-8 liters of water daily is unlikely to suffer significant ...
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Does 3500 calories really equal a pound?

The original 3500 calorie theory comes from a correspondence published in 1959, by a Dr. Max Wishnofsky, where he equates it to pounds lost in observed obese patients. It's further perpetuated by ...
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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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Which nuts are best to snack on for a high-fibre diet?

Nuts and legumes are an excellent source of fiber.1 2 If you're looking for the highest fiber content, here are the top candidates ranked by total grams of fiber (insoluble and soluble) per ounce3: ...
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Eating fast food every single day

I have eaten McDonalds for lunch every (week) day for the past 2+ years, I can tell you it has nothing to do with weight gain or loss. For the vast majority of people, losing and gaining weight is ...
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How should ovo-lacto vegetarians compensate the lack of meat in their diets?

Meat mostly provides you with protein and fat, so you'll have to make up for this. This will be easier for an ovo-lacto vegetarian. Sources of fat Nuts, nut butters (peanut butter, almond butter, etc.)...
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Which are the effects of removing sugars from a balanced diet for an otherwise healthy person

Firstly, removing all added sugars from you diet certainly will improve your general health in the long term due to the decreased risk of diabetes: your blood glucose level will be more stable with ...
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What is "FMD" or Fasting-mimicking diet?

This is a diet produced by a group of researchers at USC led by a Dr. Longo that was used to try to avoid the effects of prolonged fasting (PF), by instead using a 5 day period once a month where ...
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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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How much cinnamon is too much?

The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment has established a tolerable daily intake (TDI) of 0.1 mg coumarin per kg body weight, but also advises that higher intake for a short time is not ...
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Does it become harder to lose weight as you age?

In general, it is the basal metabolic rate (BMR) of the organism which in a person who doesn't exercise more than average, consumes most of the calories of the daily intake. It is dependent of age, ...
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Can a one year old safely follow a ketogenic diet?

Your have three questions in one now: Is a ketogenic diet appropriate for a one year old? Is a carbohydrate reduced diet appropriate for a one year old? Is milk really necessary for a one year old, ...
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Which nuts are best to snack on for a high-fibre diet?

As already pointed out, nuts and legumes make very good snacks. My only caution with the nuts is that they are also very calorie dense, so to have a filling snack you may add more calories than you ...
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Does intake of processed sugar lower the immune system?

There is some evidence that sugar does suppress the immune system. The study that everyone seems to point to was conducted in 1973, where they fed sugar in 100g doses to people and measured the effect ...
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Does BMR adjust and decrease in response to calorie restriction diets?

First of all, the 1000-2500 calorie statement from the answer to this question is not due to formula inaccuracies (only 0.5% of the variation were attributed to that), but is the actual measured BMR ...
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Effects of exercise while on a fast

Provided that you are healthy, not suffering from a cold, disease state or other suppression of the immune system, moderate exercise during fasting periods should not impact your health. For ...
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How to gain weight naturally or by food around the house

Unless you are very short, your weight indicates that you are severely underweight, see here for details. If you are indeed underweight, then you should follow the advice given there: If you are ...
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Is Glue on Chocolate and other Wrappers Safe/ Edible?

It can be trusted as safe as much as the regulations that it comes under can be trusted to make it safe and producers following said regulations. Materials and articles that come into contact ...
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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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What evidence is there for and against Alternate Day Fasting?

There is one systematic review on this topic. This study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which is the most respected journal in their discipline. As so, I consider this ...
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Can consuming food that was cooked with olive oil have a negative impact on health?

I seem to perceive some confusion in your question, and I'll try to clarify all doubts as much as I can. Olive oil is one of the best oils you can use to cook. It is mainly composed by monounsaturated ...
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Is eating all natural food and avoiding any kind of proccess food / fertilized (fruit/veg) helps cure cancer?

The problem with these diets is not only do they not treat the cancer, but the false hope they offer prevents people (in this case, a woman with breast cancer) from receiving treatment that does ...
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