Questions tagged [nutrition]

The study of the appropriate provisions required to sustain life in an organism or the provisions themselves.

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Why do staying on the vine longer make bell peppers more nutritious?

I read on https://www.webmd.com/diet/peppers-health-benefits (mirror): You've seen bell peppers -- green, orange, yellow, and red -- in the grocery store or in a salad bar. Red peppers pack the ...
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Which lipoprotein has the highest protein content?

I know that HDLs have the highest protein/lipid ratio but know that the HDLs are very small molecules too and I couldn’t find the exact answer for this question. I mean, by amounts which of these ...
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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 there any organism that is born with all the nutrients and resources needed for their entire lifetime?

I understand that adult mayflies have no mouth, but they do take in oxygen through openings in their exoskeleton. Is there any organism that does not need to ingest any type of nutrition and does not ...
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Is the salt obtained from meat (as the primary diet) nutritionally sufficient?

This post is derived from that one, where someone says if you meant salt as a nutrient such as carbs, protein and all, there is salt in the stuff one eats already. The background is "Naked and ...
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How many types of bacteria?

Bacteria are classifed on the base of food. Two types of bacteria, autotrophic and heterotrophic bacteria. Autotrophic bacteria that prepare own food or energy. Heterotrophic which cannot prepare own ...
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Does body absorb nutrients less efficiently if we ingest the same amount at the same time, opposed to spreading over a larger period?

I would like to understand if ingesting a certain amount of nutrients will result in different absorption from my body, depending on whether I ingest that amount spread over time or everything at once....
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Does the arrangement of amino acids in a protein matter for nutrition?

Let's say there are two diets, consisting of entirely different proteins. If you split up all of the proteins from one day of each diet, you'll get the same set of amino acids and the same count of ...
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Are casein proteins in UHT milk digestable for infants or toddlers?

As a novice cheesemaker, I have read that Ultra High Temperature prosessed milk is unsuitable for cheesemaking, as casein proteins are denatured and cannot be curdled with rennet. I have verified that ...
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Does food lose some of its mass in form of energy during metabolism?

I had an argument with someone. I argued that when a cat eats 1 kg of food, the sum of subsequent output (poo + pee + sweat + change of body mass) must be equal to 1 kg. My opponent argued that the ...
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What is the percentage of food that goes to a lamb fetus?

Does any one know the percentage of food eaten by a pregnant ewe that goes to the lamb fetus? Specifically how much does the mother take for her body from every one kilo of food and how much does ...
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How can a drink contain 1.8 kcal energy while 0 g fat/carbs/protein?

How is it possible that the Red Bull Zero contains 0 gramms of fat, carbs and protein, but it still has 1.8 kcal of "energy". I always thought that the human body can gain energy only from 3 kinds of ...
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Why doesn't the soil get depleted after repeated clearing of vegetation?

In my neighborhood, there is a hillside owned and maintained by the local municipality. The hillside is generally overgrown with vegetation. Work crews clear out the vegetation multiple times ...
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Why do we need to diversify our food sources to live healthy, where other animals live happy on one source?

We read about eating different food to get all vitamins and minerals our body need, and often you find people fail to get the daily amount of a certain thing. I wonder why we humans need to do this ...
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Why the child is too much 'irritable' in Iron deficiency anemia?

Anemic children have irritable behaviour. But when I look into the cases of anemia in the wards, children having Iron Deficiency Anemia are more irritable than those children having other types of ...
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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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What is the significance of different types of papillae present on tongue?

Fungiform, Circumvallate, Filiform, Foliate Papillae are present on the surface of the tongue. They have a role in increasing surface area for taste buds that can be accommodated on the tongue. Each ...
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What allows grass eaters to digest cellulose?

Scientists are saying that it was a small step for the Panda to move from a meat diet to a grass diet. The article only refers to differences in the Panda's skull, presumably for better chewing. I've ...
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Why are dietary recommendations for methionine consumption combined with cysteine?

I want to understand the amino acids missing in certain vegetables. I looked up the US recommendations for amino acids (source: wikipedia). I don’t understand why they pair Methionine + Cysteine: ...
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Why is exclusive breastfeeding recommended for 6 months only?

The WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of a child's life. Review of evidence has shown that, on a population basis, exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months is the optimal ...
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Recommendation for daily intake of natural sugars

There multiple articles/topics raised on the internet about the free/added sugars in the human diet as for example WHO recommendation on page 16, but at the same time not that much about the naturally ...
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Understanding food composition data from USDA for Vitamin A

When researching the nutritional value of carrots the Vitamin A comes in two measurements as RAE and UI: https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/11124?n1=%7BQv%3D1%7D&fgcd=&man=&lfacet=&...
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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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How does zoo and laboratory animal feeding work?

What steps are taken to ensure those animals are fed adequately? When dealing with larger populations of animals, how is it ensured that all of those animals received food during a certain time period,...
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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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Why are plants unable to take up Phosphorus directly in their organic form like Phytic Acid?

I am researching acquisition strategies of phosphorus by decidious trees. I am reading a lot that plants take up nutrients as their inorganic form. In the case of P according to literature this is ...
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How does a glucose molecule enter the cell from blood vessel?

The transporters in the plasma membrane of the cells promote the entry of glucose molecules from the extracellular matrix to the cytosol of the cell. Could someone explain how does the nutrient ...
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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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Can supplements affect DNA? (Could 10,000% Methylcobalamin affect MTHFR genotype)

Originally titled "Could B12 supplementation affect dna test results for B12 need?" - B12 just seems like a good example question to frame the more general question of "Can supplements affect DNA?" I ...
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Why does protein have 4 calories per gram?

As I understand it, protien that isn't used for building and repairing the body is inefficiently converted into glucose in the liver (at a rate of roughly 3 grams of protein per gram of glucose ...
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Glycogen replenishment after exercise

In the body, the liver holds between 90-110 grams of glycogen in storage, while skeletal muscle storage makes up another 400 grams. If a person exercises and depletes both stores, when a carbohydrate ...
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How is the urea cycle regulated with respect to protein deficit?

Proteins cannot be stored in the body. Excess proteins from the diet are deaminated in the urea cycle that takes place in the liver. The liver is the first contact since these amino acids are ...
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Why does drinking milk lead to increased fractures?

Milk has always been associated with strong bones due to the high amount of protein and calcium in it. Yet reading it up on wikipedia, A study published in The BMJ that followed more than 45,000 ...
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Is this answer about the limiting factor correct?

The graph shows the result of adding both phosphorus and nitrogen to different algae populations. I have a hard time figuring out why the correct answer is C, I thought that groups 4 and 5 would have ...
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Where different types of proteins can be found in food?

According to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSKPgaSGSYA (created by one of the largest supermarket chains in the UK), different proteins have different roles in human body: (Group 1) They’re like ...
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How big is a baby's stomach?

There is a lot of contradictory information on baby feeding volumes on the internet. A common claim is that a baby's stomach is the size of a hazelnut or small marble, with a volume of 5-7 ml. But ...
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sweet receptor's affect on insulin release

So I understand the basics of how the body releases insulin to keep blood glucose levels in check and (loosely) that higher insulin levels can lead to more (or at a faster rate) glucose being stored ...
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Is there a standard way of measuring culture nutrient levels in real time?

I am working on optimizing growth rates for a culture, and one thing I'm trying to monitor is nutrient consumption rates to pinpoint any bottlenecks, i.e. the culture goes through all the calcium in a ...
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Is biotin a hapten? If so, how does it work as a hapten in the human body?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hapten Hapten's aren't synonymous with allergens. It is defined as a foreign molecule that can bind to an antibody but does not evoke an immune response unless combined ...
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Ingestion of cellulose digesting prokaryotes? [duplicate]

If humans digest cellulose digesting prokaryotes, can we start digesting cellulose like cows?
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Carbohydrate diet and dental health

I read that human started carbohydrates rich diet after adopting agriculture before that meat was main energy source which has comparatively less carbohydrate. High carbohydrate started destroying ...
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Where do kombucha SCOBYs get nitrogen?

Kombucha can be brewed even with tiny amounts of inocculate, such as the little bit of sediment at the bottom of store-bought kombuchas. Over 1-2 weeks, this can grow into an inch thick film covering ...
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Why does enteral carbohydrate yield higher energy than parenteral?

The following is written in a well-known textbook of surgery: Each gram of enteric carbohydrate provides 4.0 kilocalories (kcal) of energy. Parenterally administered carbohydrates (eg, ...
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Why do plants produce and store both amylose and amylopectin?

Since both forms of starch has its primary purpose of storing glucose and hence releasing energy, why are there 2 variations of this sugar? Is it possible for an organism to contain/depend only on 1 ...
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What nutrition do flies find in feces?

How are flies able to extract nutrition in feces when the originating animal wasn't able to? What makes flies more capable?
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What is the most readily usable form of nutrients/energy source for heterotrophic microorganism in general?

Consider a nutritious mixture containing abundant soluble sugars, soluble lipids and soluble protein etc. Would heterotrophic microbes preferentially use sugars first > lipids > proteins > insoluble ...
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Plant vs animal protein digestibility?

The protein scoring methodologies ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protein_Digestibility_Corrected_Amino_Acid_Score) rate plant proteins of a lower quality than animal proteins. Now I can understand ...
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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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How is a substance classified as a vitamin?

From wikipedia A vitamin is an organic compound and an essential nutrient that an organism requires in limited amounts. There are many essential nutrients to an organism. Glucose for example. ...
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Raw food diet digestion

I haven't really paid attention to the raw food diet and the claims of its supporters until now. A passage from this website says: The basic premise behind preparing raw food is not to cook food ...