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Is eating spicy hot (pungent) food (hot chilli & peppers etc.) healthy or harmful?

Obviously some spicy foods are better for you than others, but I am assuming you want an answer about spicy foods in general. One of the biggest benefits of eating spicy foods, especially chili ...
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Is food prepared in a microwave oven less healthy?

TL;DR: No, food cooked via a microwave oven is generally not less healthy than food cooked by other methods. In general, cooking by any method destroys or reduces nutrient value1,4. This is due to a ...
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How many eggs can one eat per day?

Metabolic rate, individual genetics, cholesterol-absorption controversies, nutrients of the egg, size of the egg, and definition of "maximum" all contribute to ambiguity. This list of egg sizes and ...
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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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Are artificial sweeteners safe?

Introduction There have been numerous studies on this topic, and there are a number of artificial sweeteners, so the following is a discussion of three of the most important, saccharin, cyclamate and ...
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How much coffee can a healthy adult drink?

There are many factors in determining how much coffee one can drink in a day. Caffeine metabolism1 is a big one. People who metabolize caffeine slow, probably shouldn't have more than 100mg of ...
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Are calcium supplements harmful, even if you stay short of the maximum dose?

Background In the past 10-15 years, thinking on calcium supplementation has shifted significantly. In 2001, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Development Panel on Osteoporosis made the ...
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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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Is food prepared in a microwave oven less healthy?

Heat in a microwave oven is generated by the rotation of water molecules by bombarding them with electromagnetic radiation in the microwave spectrum (non-ionizing electromagnetic waves between common ...
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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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How do you read a US nutrition label?

You're going to want to read the label from top to bottom. Serving Size and Calories The first thing you will see at the top tells you the serving size and the amount of calories. It will say "...
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How can I boost my immune system?

As far as I am aware, the immune system does not have a "boosted" state. There is a medical doctor, Mark Crislip, who wrote a post about this on Science-based medicine, and I'll cite here the most ...
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Is eating a meal with 2000 Calories at once any different from eating 4 times at 500 Calories?

There have been quite a few studies on the influence of meal frequency, but usually they focus on weight loss. I could find one pilot study comparing people receiving either one or three meals a day, ...
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Are bread molds dangerous to ingest?

There are a couple concerns with eating food with mold on it: The growth of mold implies that microbial contaminants can grow on the food, which means there is a potential for spoilage even if the ...
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Is eating spicy hot (pungent) food (hot chilli & peppers etc.) healthy or harmful?

Red chilies contain large amounts of vitamin C and small amounts of carotene (provitamin A). Yellow and especially green chilies (which are essentially unripe fruit) contain a considerably lower ...
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Is eating spicy hot (pungent) food (hot chilli & peppers etc.) healthy or harmful?

The chilli pepper is usually referred to plants from the genus Capsicum and the substances that give chili peppers their intensity when ingested or applied topically are capsaicin and several related (...
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Why am I advised not to eat immediately before exercise?

You have two main nervous systems when it comes to energy usage / conservation. Sympathetic Increased Heart Rate Dilation of bronchioles [increased intake / exhalation of air] Dilation of Pupils ...
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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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Is it better to eat fruit as they are, than to have them in liquid form?

The simpler story is that it is better to eat whole fruit. The problem with eating smoothies or even drinking fruit juice is that you are increasing the fruit's glycaemic index. For example, an ...
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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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What are the best ways to increase fertility?

I will try to answer your question by using another perspective (risk factors for infertility). MALE Among the main causes of male infertility, "idiopathic" causes (ie not du to endocrine problems, ...
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What foods can increase penis length and girth?

After full sexual development is complete (usually the teens for most males), penis enlargement is impossible. Anyone who tells you otherwise is a liar and is probably trying to sell you something. ...
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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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Calcium supplements versus "fortified with calcium"

Calcium carbonate is largely insoluble in aqueous solutions; you need stomach acid to change it into calcium BIcarbonate, which is much more soluble. Calcium-fortified foods are generally fortified ...
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What are the health tradeoffs between eating while standing vs. sitting vs. in reclining position?

There is some research that has been done on this, as well as some more anecdotal/lifestyle based evidence. There is a study done in 1914, published in the American Journal of Physiology, where they ...
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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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Can a calorie be neither protein, carbohydrate, nor fat?

Ethanol is caloric and is neither a carbohydrate, protein, or fat.
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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 exceeding the US RDA for vitamin C dangerous?

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid - an antioxidant and reducing agent) is water soluble (so dietary excesses not absorbed), and excesses in the blood rapidly excreted in the urine. It exhibits remarkably low ...
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