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Any substance consumed to provide nutritional support for the body.

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Does drinking dry water have same effect as drinking regular water?

Dry water consists of water droplets that have been coated with silica nanoparticles, which prevents the droplets from forming a liquid. If a human swallows dry water, does it have the same effect as ...
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Why can we eat salty food, but can't stomach salty water?

I know that too much sodium is bad for our health. However, it struck me as odd that we like to add salt to pasta sauce or other foods we eat, yet trying to drink salt water can bring on the gag ...
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What kinds of bacteria live in water bottles?

I've always heard not to re-use disposable plastic water bottles. According to this Huffington Post article, the reason is because: everyday wear and tear from repeated washings and reuse can ...
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Is eating cooked food an evolved behavior or rather an intelligent one, passed down via culture?

I was just eating a rather rare steak when I started wondering whether eating foods cooked was something I would instinctively want to do if the practice hadn't been taught to me. So, is cooking food ...
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Do humans have any biological adaptations to eating cooked food?

Humans have been cooking food for at least tens of thousands of years. The presumed reason why cooking took root in nearly all human cultures is that cooked food is easier to digest. However, cooking ...
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Is Pork more prone to carrying higher loads of parasites than Beef?

My friend told me that pork is dangerous due to containing worms. I told her that beef contains worms too and that's why we cook it. We went to steak restaurant and ordered "medium" beef. ...
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How much ribose do we eat?

I am wondering how much ribose we ingest as food? (Deoxy)Ribose is found in the backbone of DNA and RNA. So, we eat ribose as part of the nucleic acid found in plant and animal foods. While protein, ...
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What are the bare minimum nutrients required to survive as a human?

I am trying to determine the bare minimum nutritional requirements to survive as a human, ignoring energy (caloric) requirements. Another way to ask this question is: What elements can humans not live ...
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Do bees from different continents have different “taste”?

This question was already asked by me at Gardening Stack Exchange, but I was advised to ask it here instead. I see there is already a closely related question: Do animals have different taste ...
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Are more animal species edible than plants?

While grocery shopping I was thinking that we restrict ourselves in regard to which animals we eat. I surely don't want to eat spiders and ants, for example, but I know that this is just because of my ...
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Can aflotoxin presence be inferred from the mild discolorotion at the middle parts of a hazelnut?

Can aflotoxin presence be inferred from the mild discolorotion at the middle parts of a hazelnut? For instance, how likely is it that the hazelnuts pictured below contain Aflotoxin? P.S.: these ...
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Why does vacuum sealing of foods prevent spoilage from anaerobic bacteria?

I have noted that many purchased food items in containers only require refrigeration after they have been opened, thus eliminating the vacuum seal. Air contains bacteria and fungus spores that enter ...
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Why most small organisms seem not to be interested in any organic matter which has all moisture removed?

On the first glance, it seems that most small organisms do not exhibit any interest in consuming any live or dead organic matter if it is completely dehydrated. Regardless if the food consists of ...
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Are there any arboreal mammals which eat leeches?

Are there any tree-dwelling mammals which might be found taking a living leech and eating it? (And do any hollow-dwelling birds of prey eat leeches?)
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Which species of Agave are known to have inedible flowers?

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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Why is it (allegedly) dangerous to feed ducks with breadcrumbs and pieces of bread?

I used to go down to the local lake all the time with leftover bread and throw little pieces of it to the hungry duckies, who very eagerly fetched it and ate it while happily quacking away. I thought ...
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Are earthworms edible?

Just that. It seemed weird for me not to find anything on Google. But I still think that they might be edible.
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Human Digestion of Cellulose?

Most animals can digest the cellulose in grass because of the anaerobic bacteria called Fibrobacter succinogenes living in their rumen (gut). The bacteria produces the enzyme cellulase and is ...
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A balanced diet with the minimum carbon footprint [closed]

Many studies shows that 1 kg of non-vegetarian food as 3-4 times more carbon footprint than 1 kg of vegetarian food. I think that does not represent the complete picture food from animal sources are ...
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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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Why don't our tongue receptors for salt and sugar adapt to them, like the ones for pepper do?

Many (most?) physiological receptors adapt to the substance they bind to, leading to higher dosages required to elicit the same response. In pharmacology, it’s called “drug tolerance”. In physiology, ...
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How does vitamin A deficiency arise?

How does vitamin A deficiency arise? I am living in a "developed" country, so excuse me if I miss some facts that are real, and threatening, in other parts of our world. I heard about https://en....
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Optimal bacterial vegetative cell inactivation method(s) after subtilis spores germinated under pressure

I am writing a PhD research proposal and being a newbie in the field I am lost a little bit in the bacterial vegetative cell inactivation methods in foods. I should propose two main methods to my ...
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Why do apples taste sweeter at the bottom?

Sometimes when eating an apple, I notice that the bottom (blossom) end of the apple has a lot more sweetness and flavour to it, whereas the top half (stem) is often more watery, crispier and feels ...
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What's the role of bromelain in pineapple?

Bromelain refers to one of two proteases found in pineapple and its relatives. Like other proteases, many believe it has therapeutic uses and it's the subject of a lot of research. But what role does ...
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Worm compost cannot have cooked food

I live in the Netherlands and it is getting fashionable to compost with worms. After investigating a few websites I noticed that most websites suggested that I cannot feed the worms leftovers from ...
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What is this bizarre in-growth in this red bell pepper?

I just chanced upon a rather strange red bell pepper (or capsicum?): The green formation is bulbous to touch, just the like the outside of the bellpepper, and it has the same smell as one. I'm no ...
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Is it possible to use microalgae to produce food and live on it?

I know microalgae have not less protein and starch, grow quickly, require less. So, is it possible to use them for producing food (replace rice and wheat) and live on it? Currently, I only saw people ...
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Is it possible to be allergic to the yolk of an egg but not the egg white?

At lunch one day, my friend had a hard boiled Easter egg. When he pealed it he squeezed the yolk, or yellow part, of the egg out. I asked him what on earth he was doing and he said, "I'm allergic to ...
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Can viruses stabilize and increase the shelf life of wine and other foods?

When you make wine, you use the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae to ferment sugary juices. After you're done, you want to avoid them doing anything by using some chemicals etc. There are also other ...
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Does the composition of a meal play a big, or small, role in food's thermogenic effect on the body?

Reading in: "Diet and Health: Implications for Reducing Chronic Disease Risk / Calories: Total Macronutrient Intake, Energy Expenditure, and Net Energy Stores" [NCBI Resources]: "The thermogenic ...
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Are these spinach leaves?

I often buy baby spinach from the store, and sometimes, in a few bags of spinach I also find these leaves: They have a different shape than the spinach leaves, they are a lighter green, and they ...
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Violation of Conservation of energy In food chain?

Food chains use a unidirectional transfer of energy. Plants absorb energy from the sun, then the energy goes on to next tropic level and so on. But in this system, energy source is the Sun. ...
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Why is it common to grow microalgae in bottles or canisters?

I came across many people growing Chlorella or Spirulina types of microalgae, inside bottles or canisters and that that they also bubbled CO2 into these containers artificially. This question is ...
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Are peanut proteins similar to chicken meat proteins?

I'm studying amino acids content in vegetable food. I was looking at peanut protein and noticed its similarity with chicken meat, as you can see in the table below (quantities are measured in grams). ...
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Why would it be dangerous to consume cooked bats even if they are linked to viruses? [closed]

(Not sure if this is the right SE for this question. I'm asking this here, because I'm looking for a biological answer, if one exists.) This (potentially very naive) question is inspired by this news ...
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Additive property of taste

It might be a dumb question to ask, but I find it confusing. Is the perception of taste additive? Or to be more precise, can two tasty food items combine to give a more delicious product? For me, ...
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Can storing food in a de-pressurized container result in anaerobic bacteria growth?

I was looking for a way to store for longer some products which go bad quickly. I found a stainless steel container made with a hermetic lid that you can remove air through (using a pump) so you ...
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What happens when you cook tree spinach with aluminum?

The Internet is filled with warnings that you shouldn't cook tree spinach(Cnidoscolus aconitifolius) in aluminum, because it will react and create toxins that cause explosive diarrhea when consumed. ...
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How are proteins reused in the body? [duplicate]

Part of what we eat are proteins, and our body is in part build of proteins. Are the proteins of the body build based on proteins in food at all? Are proteins in food directly reused in the body, or ...
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Can food swallowed when a person is upside down reach the stomach?

If a person positions him/herself upside down and swallows food, will it reach the stomach against gravity? If so how?
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Is feeding wild pigeons really “weakening the entire species”?

While reading about what foods are healthy for pigeons, I came across the following paragraph: (Source) Human interaction and improper feeding of domestic and wild pigeons is believed to be one of ...
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How much heme is in cooked pork and beef; why is cooked pork (“the other white meat”) not red?

The new video See how Impossible Pork will make you forget about pig meat includes a very short discussion of the addition of heme to the product to make it taste like beef the deep red color of a ...
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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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What do butterflies eat?

I found a beautiful scarce-swallowtail butterfly in my storeroom, but it was kind of frozen and couldn't fly away. So, I put it on my terrace in the sun. After a little bit, it flew a few meters away ...
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Air bubble in addled egg

I'm a complete novice in biology. This is just a question that arose during Saturday night warmup and there is no better place to get answers :) So, as probably most of you know, if you want to ...
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Which white beans have phosphatidylserine?

Many articles online say that plant foods are poor sources of phosphatidylserine, except for white beans, which have 107 mg per 100 g.¹ ² ⁴ Honestly though, I think they might just be repeating a ...
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Is iodised salt harmful to the lactofermentation process?

I was discussing sauerkraut recipes with someone on IRC a minute ago, and they warned me not to use iodised salt in the process. My first (and so far, the only successful) batch is one I made with ...
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Do vitamin enriched foods preserve their value when exposed to higher temperatures?

At what temperatures do different kinds of vitamins are destroyed or lose their nutritional value? Imagine you went to the store and bought vitamin enriched cacao powder. Then you made yourself a hot ...
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Why can't you taste food when you have a cold?

It is a common observation that food is tasteless when we have a cold. Why is that so? What is the cause of inability to taste when we have a cold? Are the nose and ability to taste connected?

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