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Any substance consumed to provide nutritional support for the body.

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Is Schoons Hard Shell muskmelon a hybrid?

Would Schoon's Hard Shell muskmelon be considered a hybrid as I have read it was a cross between a Bender's Surprise and a Honey Rock.
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Do repeated freeze-thaw strip nutrition from vegetables/food?

Some of my family and friends seem to believe that vegetables/food should be subjected to as few freeze/thaw cycles as possible. The rationale put forward is that each such cycle reduces nutrition (sp....
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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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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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Is the primary evolutionary purpose of a fleshy fruit to benefit the sprouting seed or the frugivorous seed disperser animal?

In a question about the low protein content in fruits, one answer suggests the energy, carbohydrate, and protein content in a fruit evolved to entice animal seed dispersers, not foster the sprouting ...
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Organ of ingestion in lice [closed]

I want to know that what the name of the organ used by lice for ingestion is? (also please explain if possible). In my research, I got this wiki page that didn't help me out. Then I found this link ...
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Preserving/disinfecting meat with alcohol?

I'm considering safer ways to handle raw meat and it occurred to me that alcohol might be useful. I'm considering, say, sealing pieces of meat in a container with 40% alcohol or higher in fridge or ...
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Are oysters really aphrodisiacs?

Oysters have been thought of as aphrodisiacs for millennia. Is this a case of the bark of a willow tree as a precursor to modern paracetamol, or some sort of marketing ploy. Is there any biological ...
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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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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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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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How much food can an average person eat, and which animal is that equivalent to? [closed]

When the average person overeats, how much food can he eat in a day? Which animal's average meal would that be equivalent to? When documentaries are talking about animals feed, they usually say ...
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How do animals decide what to eat and what not?

I want to know this in particular about animals that no longer eat what they used to eat. The best example in my opinion are chickens. Chickens are often held to eat all kinds of food we would ...
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What is this grainy surface on my two-week-old sourdough starter?

I'm baking bread at home as a hobby, using sourdough. After skipping one baking day, I haven't used my sourdough starter for two weeks. When opening the jar in which I keep it, I saw the surface had ...
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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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Why might food spoil faster in Ireland than the US?

An American is staying in my house for the summer and claims that food (specifically, bread and milk) spoils a lot faster here than at home in California. Is there a significant difference in chemical ...
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Is sugar absorbed into the bloodstream through the walls of the mouth?

If you let a piece of candy melt in your mouth, but did not swallow it, would the sugar be absorbed through the walls of your mouth?
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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 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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Are human beings evolved to eat meat? [duplicate]

I know humans can cook and prepare almost anything, but are humans specifically adapted to eat meat? One of my doubts humans are not particularly well adapted to eat meat because they lack canine ...
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What are the differences between mammal and insect digestion of cellulose?

I know that digestion of cellulose is difficult in mammals and requires a lot of steps. But I am fascinated by the idea of one day achieving human digestion of cellulose. Which got me thinking about ...
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Irradiation instead of pasteurization?

Can we just replace pasteurization with simple irradiation for most (if not all) foods? (For example, such as milk, to sterilize and preserve flavors)
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What causes peanut allergies?

Surveys show that 0.6 percent of the US population has an allergic reaction to peanuts. This prevalent allergy has even prompted some to ban peanuts from schools altogether. I am completely ...
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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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If overcooked hard boiled eggs show these green sulfide rings, why do scrambled/fried eggs not show this?

In the image above, the dark green rings are ferrous sulfide rings, caused when the sulfur from the egg white reacts with the iron in the egg yolk when the egg is overcooked. I was wondering, given ...
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Tea that makes everything taste like dirt

My highschool biology teacher once gave us (her class) a tea which made everything taste like dirt. I remember that chocolate candies, spicy hot sauce, and salty crackers all tasted the same after ...
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Protein diet composition

I have read that non veg food are better for proteins while veg food is deficient in either one or other protein. If it is so are herbivores protein deficient always in case of animals as well as ...
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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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What biological process was taking place?

A tub of a side dish, either tomato salsa or baba ganoush (eggplant), was left in a plastic bag for several months. The plastic bag was not airtight, but was wrapped somewhat tightly around the tub. ...
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What in fast food fries have that regular fries don't? [closed]

Why is it that a french fry from a fast food restaurant doesn't seem to spoil the same way as one that one would cook at home? PS: If given enough time will fast food french fries eventually ...
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Is there any strong factor against human edible plants being widespread and easy to gather?

While many habitats have plants, fruits, nuts and berries available for consumption by humans walking by, most places (if any?) seem to require significantly more effort than simply picking our food ...
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Can DNA sequencing of food provide quantitatively the fraction of protein from chicken vs soy?

There is some news about a report from Canada's CBC about fast-food chicken items containing as much as 50% soy protein, based on DNA testing. I won't do the report the service of linking to it ...
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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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Is there such substances that body can only send to storage (as fat)?

I watched video with statement that there are such part of substance in potato chips which body can't use ("empty calories"), that they surely will be stored as fat. It was here on 12:23: https://...
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Botulinum Toxin

I asked on the cooking site, but was directed here. This is my original question https://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/35726/botulinum-toxin-in-home-canned-green-beans The reading is quite ...
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What nutritious insects exist to farm that require the least attention?

What nutritious insects exist to farm that require the least attention? I'm looking to automate simply, in a self regulating way. Edit: To add detail, I imagine the insects would live densely in a ...
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What's food mode?

I've been watching a The Crocodile Hunter episode about Komodo dragons, and Steve Irwin kept speaking about the animals being in "food mode", in which they apparently change their behavior to one of a ...
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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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Is cannibalism part of mainstream food-chain?

There are some species who sometimes eat their own kinds. Is this cannibalism considered their regular food? Do the link in food-chain for those animals make a loop on themselves? Can this statement: ...
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How do astronauts eat in space?

If there is no gravity in space how does the food enter the stomach? My guess is that it is due to the movement of the esophagus.Am I correct?
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Why do alpha-gal allergies only occur after a tick bite if alpha-gal is already present in red meat?

I just read an NPR article about allergies to red meat being caused by tick bites. That stood out to me because I thought allergies are triggered by an initial exposure to some allergen. In this case, ...
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How well can humans detect vitamin-richness?

Humans do prefer fatty, sweet/starchy and salty. And fatty foods are rich in vitamins. How well can humans detect vitamin content apart from fattiness of food? Can humans choose the vitamin-richer of ...
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Halophiles' food habit

We know that some halophiles are heterotrophic, but in those highly saline environment what do these organisms eat as there might be very little chance of survival of any other organism?
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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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Does animal fat and meat contributes differently to our body?

Is animal fat harmful to our body or is it harmful if the amount eaten exceeds a certain amount? I have heard fat is more concentrated than protein. If I am correct then we can get more energy from ...
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What should be evaluated in food decomposition experiment?

Briefing Some days ago I noted that 3 cookies left on my desk since 3 months ago are still "fresh", and by that I mean... not spongy like some cookies that get soft after some time outside. ...
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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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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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Are olfactive indicators always the result of inadequacy in sanitation?

Question If you can smell the scent of food in a thoroughly cleaned container, does that imply trace amounts of food particles remain? Scope It goes without saying that our sense of smell is ...
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What is the consensus, if it exists, on the (absence of) biological effects of artificial sweeteners?

I tried to Google (and PubMed) the question, but it seems to be fairly polarized debate and there does not seem to be a consensus as to whether sweeteners like asparatme, acesulfame etc. have ...

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