Any substance consumed to provide nutritional support for the body.

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How much do crocodiles eat?

How much do crocodiles eat? The closest I found to an answer was on German wikipedia, where it says that adult nile crocodiles eat "only about 50 full meals a year." While interesting, without knowing ...
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Is the human brain the muscle with the greatest leverage? Menu to brain [on hold]

1) The brain being our best lever, muscularly, shouldn't we treat it better? 2) Diet being our best conduit to good health in general, don't we need more competition in the food market, relative to ...
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What is Meriva Phytosome Curcumin?

What is Meriva Phytosome Curcumin other than being a food supplement? Is it a plant? A type of plant extract? I googled it but still couldn't figure out exactly what it is. The reason I'm asking is ...
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Will genetically modified food affect our health?

It's a popular public sentiment that - GM foods like tomatoes (flavr savr) will affect our health.. Is there any logical scientific explanation behind this?
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Can I Survive on a Mostly Grass/Leaf Diet? [migrated]

I want to guarantee an easy, effective, and possibly free food source for the rest of my days, but I am skeptical. Growing my own organic food would be ideal, but that would limit my mobility or ...
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How do tea, coffee, and beer dehydrate you?

For the long time I am trying to find out if the following is truth: They say that some beverages dehydrates. I heard that about tea (sometimes green, sometimes black, sometimes both), coffee, beer ...
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Can drinking caffeine, alcohol and other diuretics be part of a good drinking regime?

Tea, Coffee, Beer, Coke etc… I wonder if the benefit from amount of fluid we get from them is bigger or smaller then the handicap of dehydration. In other words it is worth to drink them if we want ...
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Are seagulls ever cannibals?

I'm obviously not talking about seagulls eating other birds in general. Only actual seagulls. Seagulls are notorious for being almost as omnivorous as it's possible to be. They're known to eat ...
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What type of Gorgonzola cheese fungus/bacteria is this?

I have purchased a gorgonzola cheese and it came with some orange/yellow fungus/bacteria in the cheese's surface. Anyone know what kind of fungus/bacteria it is, and if it's safe to eat?
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Why are some berries poisonous?

In my understanding, the evolutional function of berries is to be eaten and pood out somewhere else, so that the seeds of the plant spread. Is this so? Then why are some berries poisonous?
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Do animals have different taste preferences within the same species?

Humans (especially children...) seem to dislike certain foods or drinks, that other humans seem to like. Common examples are coffee, french cheeses, olives, milk, fish and cabbage. Are there examples ...
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Living on pure glycogen?

I was recently fascinated when I learned about polysaccharides (I am a biology newbie) and was wondering about some of their properties. After doing some googling I was unable to find any information ...
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How do organoarsenics improve digestion efficiency in poultry?

It struck me as very surprising that these organoarsenic compound with structure looking not very compatible with living system is widely used as food additive to increase weight gain and improve food ...
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Why is my faeces black in color after eating Oreos

Why is my faeces black in colour the morning after I eat some Oreos? Day 1 : Eat a handful of Oreos & the next morning your stool is black. Day 3 : Eat a handful of cocoa flavored biscuits & ...
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Why do Hot/Cold drinks taste sweeter once returning to room temperature?

Now, I know this is a very bizarre question, and I tried to find a correct exchange for this, but it might relate to biology/science as it being our taste buds and everything. I am so sorry if there ...
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How do flies detect the presence of glucose in a choice chamber?

It's a standard AP biology lab: you put fruit flies in a sealed, symmetrical chamber with a cotton ball soaked in plain water at one end and a cotton ball soaked in glucose solution at the other end. ...
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What is this white stuff inside apples?

I live at Vancouver, BC, Canada and very often find this kind of white stuff in the apples I buy I used to live in Europe (Switzerland) and never saw that before. It very much look like a fungus. ...
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What makes something food?

From my (limited) understanding, animals get energy from food by breaking chemical bonds between molecules. There's a lot of water here [citation needed], so it seems like natural selection would ...
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Would it be possible to eat things from another planet [closed]

Although at first glance my question is perhaps better suited for a space exploration or sci-fi forum I looked and felt this forum was more appropriate. What makes plants and animals edible and ...
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In flowering plants food is transported in which form? [closed]

In flowering plants food is transported in which form? I searched on google and found that it is sucrose. Why not glucose/fructose/starch?
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How does consumption of vinegar affect food chemistry?

For example: does consumption of vinegar somehow change digestion of flour (bread, cakes, pasta, puffs) ? May be there are some benefits to eat flour meal with vinegar ?
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Why do specifically bananas go brown quicker in the fridge?

Perhaps the title should be: Why don't all fruits containing phenol residues go brown quickly when left in the fridge? Bananas go brown over time because of the oxidation of phenol residues. ...
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Which species of Agave are known have flowers which are not edible?

It is well documented that many species of Agave have edible flowers, however I keep coming across statements to the effect that "most species" of Agave have edible flowers. This implies that it is ...
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Questions about insects eating flour and living in the cracks of a wooden cutting boards

I have a large wooden cutting board which is used in my kitchen mainly for preparing egg pasta. The wood type is Populus (poplar or aspen or cottonwood). The main ingredients used with the cutting ...
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To what extent does the cooking time impact the nutritional content when boiling potatoes?

I wonder to what extent the cooking time impacts the nutritional content when boiling unpeeled potatoes with unsalted water. http://www.livestrong.com/article/340060-does-boiling-potatoes-reduce-...
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Can humans extract calories from all roots? [closed]

Roots are used for storing plants' energy, which suggests that humans could extract the calories by consuming them. However, I have been unable to find any substantial sources on consuming the roots ...
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Enzymes and Digestion

If biological enzymes (protease,amylase,lipase etc.) just speed up the reaction (in the digestion process), then what actually digests the food?? (I'm a secondary student)
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Can an emulsion enter a cell?

I've been tempted on cooking.stackexchange to answer a question, and I did, out of my mind. (In retrospect, I shouldn't have done so, based on my lack of citable resources.) I've heard that a water ...
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Anatomical differences between herbivores and omnivores [closed]

What are differences of herbivores vs omnivores? I do not mean dietary differences (obviously), but physical ones. E.g., afaik herbivores have a much longer digestive tract than carnivores; then ...
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Are chilies technically peppers?

Nando's chain of restaurants (UK) refers to chili peppers as just "chilies". My friend and I had a discussion with regard to whether chilies can be called "peppers" or if they do not belong to the ...
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Are nutrients absorbed in human esophagus?

Following this question regarding absorption in human oral cavity (sadly not yet fully answered), I'm curious if any nutrient absorption occurs during the descent of food through the esophagus. And ...
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Why do carnivores evolve?

If humans can live without consuming other animals, then why we do it; from a biological point of view, why do we eat meat? I would also extend the question to another animals, because many animals ...
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Why doesn't lard taste good? [closed]

I mean looking from evolutionary perspective sugar tastes sweet and individuals that had this perception ate more sugar and survived and those that didn't perceive sugar as sweet didn't eat it and ...
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Why do children prefer sweeter foods?

As we get older, we tend to lose our sweet tooth and become more tolerant to bitter foods, like vegetables. However, I never understood how this works. Why is it that children prefer sweeter foods, ...
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Do any animals prepare food?

I was just wondering if any animals (are smart enough to) enhance the flavor of their food by, for example, mixing ingredients or seasoning or letting it cure in some ways. In the first episode of ...
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Examining milk for presence of harmful bacteria

I am not experienced in diagnostic bacteriology and am interested in understanding more about it in the context of analyzing food purity. For example, imagine I have a supply of raw milk which might ...
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Where does fungus store excess food?

Can anyone pin point, as to where and how, the excess food is stored in fungus (mushroom to be specific). Like plants store as starch granules, so where does mushroom store?
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What do ants do with our finger nails?

There is place in my house where I cut my nails. Here, there is an ant hole where an ant colony is seen. Whenever I cut my nails from here, they take my nails inside their hole. I was wondering what ...
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Where can you find the quantities of each amino acid of a particular protein or food?

Taking a potato as an example. If I wanted to know how much µg or % of each of it's amino acids there are in 1 gram of pure potato protein, where can I find this information? Is there a freely ...
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Why does our mouth “water”?

Whenever we see something delicious, rapid salivation starts in our mouth. Also, it doesn't happen for all other food, which we eat regularly. So, Is there any particular use of "rapid salivation"? ...
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What could make a person get ill from not eating often enough? [closed]

Say a person needs to eat every 3 hours, or s\he gets physically ill with fatigue and cold sweating, and this is the case every day. What could cause this?
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Is there a known or quantifiable correlation between capsaicin and its effect on the body's metabolism?

I've often heard that spicy foods can speed up your metabolism, I presume, due to the capsaicin. Though I'm sure this is a minor effect - I doubt eating a pound of jalapenos a day will help me lose ...
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Needle-like crystals observed in wild-grape wine under microscope. Potentially harmful?

I recently crushed and strained about thirty pounds of wild grapes to ferment into wine. About a month in, I did a visual inspection of the wine under microscope to try and identify some yeast and ...
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Why don't bacteria eat food leftovers?

I have thrown a dirty spoon after eating some pasta into one of my desk drawers (doesn't do me much honor). It stayed there for around a year. My house is warm and I think there is enough humidity for ...
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If I buy a banana at the market, is there any chance that an insect is hiding inside it? [closed]

I watched this horrifying video on Youtube. It shows movement beneath the skin of a banana and then a spider pushes it's way out. Suffice to say I'm too scared to eat bananas anymore! I would like ...
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What cures pineapple burns?

If you already ate too much bromelain in pineapple, how do you cure your tongue burn?
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Do mantises stalk cicadas?

The Chinese Idiom The mantis stalks the cicada, unaware of the oriole behind (螳螂捕蝉,黄雀在后), which the story behind the idiom comes from Shuo Yuan(说苑), refers to those who are attracted by immediate ...
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Does the human body metabolize what it smells, even in trace amounts?

I conjectured to a friend that some small amount of anything we smell is likely metabolized by the body. He disagreed. My thinking is that, if you are smelling something, some portion of molecules are ...
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How is it decided what type of food we want to eat?

How is it decided what type of food we want to eat? I mean that for example one time you would like to eat some sweets but not a full meal, sometimes you'd like to eat some fruit, sometimes not and so ...
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Powdered meal replacement vs regular meal

Can a person live with this alternative nutrition? Of course, assuming that eating pleasure is assumed the same. The nutrients that contain are far better than average meal a person eats the majority ...