Questions tagged [food]

Any substance consumed to provide nutritional support for the body.

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Does starch need to be cooked?

Does starch need to be cooked for human digestion ? Is the answer different for different starches; potato , wheat, corn, etc ?
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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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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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Regarding benzoic acid and its effects

One of the users on the chemistry s.e. mentioned that when benzoic acid forms in the body in response to other chemicals it might have a mutating effect on one's DNA. Is this true?
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Cell energy consumption and food intake

I am wondering if each cell in human body starts consuming ten percent more energy, how much food one has to consume compared to normal intake?
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How do people measure how many calories or proteins/fats/сarbohydrates are in some food?

How is the composition (in fats, proteins or carbohydrates) of a certain food estimated and how is the amount of calories provided by the food calculated?
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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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How do we know we have to use the mouth for eating and drinking?

I have a question that I am very curious to: how do we know we have to use the mouth for eating and drinking? Because we have multiple openings where, if we didn't know better, could put food and ...
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Do violet potatoes contain more or less solanine than normal potatoes?

What is the solanine content of the violet potatoes? Is it more or less than in the normal potatoes?
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Can pandas hunt for meat?

Recently, I learned that pandas have a carnivore's digestive system but that it exists almost exclusively as a herbivore. If pandas hunted would they be able to find meat in their environment? Can't ...
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Searching a fructose degrading bacteria [closed]

my question is do you know a fructose degrading bacteria? Wich is straitforward to use and cultivate? Wich shouldn't create excrements, that can't be removed simple.
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Food safety during roadtrips [closed]

I will be moving across the country in the coming weeks, and I have realised that I will likely have leftover perishable food in my apartment before I leave and I was thinking of trying to prepare ...
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Why is it only asparagus that makes urine smell?

Why is it only asparagus that makes urine smell? There's a wide variety of foods with a wide variety of molecules, so why are all the other metabolites that end up in urine odorless?
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What food has the highest calorie per unit price that you can buy and eat regularly? [closed]

What food has the highest calorie per unit price that you can buy and eat regularly? The food cannot give you any undesirable health effect due to the sole reason that you eat it regularly (say once ...
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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 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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Why do ADULTS need protein in their diet, if they are not growing? [duplicate]

Why do ADULTS need protein in their diet, assuming they are not growing? What happens to the amino acids already present in the body? Why don't our bodies conserve them?
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What is the minimum amount of calories for a person to survive for at least one year?

This is not a hyperbole, I mean literally. I'm programming a simplified model of human metabolism for a game and I need a number here to determine whether or not the player killed his character. In ...
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Does eating in ulcering position fatal directly [closed]

Does eating in ulcering position fatal directly or cause some serious disease like cancer

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