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What do docs think? Should genetically modified foods (gm foods) be allowed to sell in the general market?

What do docs think? Should genetically modified foods (gm foods) be allowed to sell in the general market?

Yes: Genetic modification has been around since the first understanding of genetic influences were used to hybrid roses/other plants. It has produced plants with better productivity & more resistant to disease. The fear mongering spread by purists that declare this dangerous to humans is inflated hype. I consider it equal to the general lies we were sold about eggs/ butter/ & similar products. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Nutrition (Definition)

Nutrition is the synergistic combination of nutrients found in food and water that allows the human body to perform all essential ...Read more


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I'm 31.Need to know what should be my daily diet.I'm lazy n loves to sleep as much possible due to which i skip lunch n breakfast.I'm 50 kg n 5'1 tall?

I'm 31.Need to know what should be my daily diet.I'm lazy n loves to sleep as much possible due to which i skip lunch n breakfast.I'm 50 kg n 5'1 tall?

Simple: Stick to god made food and leave the man made stuff alone (if you can afford it) and get active. Breakfast is important for it provides the fuel for the day. ...Read more

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Doctor suggested to take tomato, sweet potato, broccoli to keep skin young and charm but do I need to take these in cooked state or uncooked state?Thx.

Doctor suggested to take tomato, sweet potato, broccoli to keep skin young and charm but do I need to take these in cooked state or uncooked state?Thx.

It depends: Raw food advocates would advise raw tomato & broccoli, which is ok, but cooking lightly may increase absorption of nutrients. Saute tomatoes over low heat in olive oil to increase absorption of lycopene. Slice broccoli into small pieces, sprinkle with lemon juice, let sit for 5 min. Then steam for 3 minutes- see http://www.Whfoods.Com/genpage.Php?Tname=george&dbid=64 bake sweet potato thoroughly. ...Read more

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Is it safe to eat raw sweet potatoes? Were supposed to serve them to kids for lunch at school.

Is it safe to eat raw sweet potatoes?  Were supposed to serve them to kids for lunch at school.

Safe? Yes. But Raw?: Raw? That is bizarre. Excuse my frankness. What possible value would that have to a school lunch? Raw is not unhealthy, but it seems extremely unappetizing. ...Read more

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I heard there are cookies you can eat when breastfeeding to provide the extra nutrition you need. Anyone know about them?

I heard there are cookies you can eat when breastfeeding to provide the extra nutrition you need. Anyone know about them?

Probably a scam: You can get all the nutrition you need from a sensible, balanced diet. Put your hand over your wallet if somebody offers you something that sounds too good to be true. ...Read more

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Is it really possible to get all nutrition needs (vitamin and mineral etc) all from the food we eat alone ? I find it hard to believe it can be done.

Is it really possible to get all nutrition needs (vitamin and mineral etc) all from the food we eat alone ? I find it hard to believe it can be done.

Supplements: Yes, one can get all the vitamins and minerals they need just from diet alone. This is accomplished by maintaining a diet that his high in a variety of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins from different sources, low in saturated fats, high in unsaturated fats, and a variety of complex carbohydrates. Vitamins are like insurance, take them "just in case" you don't eat as recommended. ...Read more

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Do you think I should be concerned with calories or calories from fat, when reading nutrition fact labels?

Do you think I should be concerned with calories or calories from fat, when reading nutrition fact labels?

Both: Fat calories are important as it is 9 calories per gram of fat and only some types of fat are healthy. Total calories are important because - if you take in more calories than you burn you can gain weight. ...Read more

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What foods should be consumed to fulfill calcium requirements. Will prefer vegetarian food.

What foods should be consumed to fulfill calcium requirements. Will prefer vegetarian food.

Several foods: For calcium from vegetarian sources, you can eat dark green leafy greens like spinach, kale, mustard greens adn collard greens; soy-based foods like tofu that are enriched with calcium; almonds and other nuts like brazil nuts and pistachios. A serving of almonds gives 250 mg of calcium. Many cereals like oatmeal and others are also enriched w/calcium. Dairy like milk & cheese if diet allows. ...Read more

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Soy and gluten free foods good for your body? I can't eat gluten/ dairy but I want to be healthy, but I'm not sure if all the stuff is healthy...

Soy and gluten free foods good for your body? I can't eat gluten/ dairy but I want to be healthy, but I'm not sure if all the stuff is healthy...

Depends: You can certainly be helpful without eating either as long as your diet is balanced otherwise. Soy is almost as good as animal protein in term of nutritional value (lacking B12 however) but is no better than many other protein sources either. At one time, soy was touted to be preventative of breast cancer but now the opposite may be true. The best answer is moderation and balance in nutrition ...Read more

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I know Drs say multi-vitamins are excess, but I log food into My Fitness Pal and never meet vitamin requirements. Would that warrant taking them?

I know Drs say multi-vitamins are excess, but I log food into My Fitness Pal and never meet vitamin requirements. Would that warrant taking them?

Simple answer is Yes: Simple answer is Yes. it is a good idea to add multi-vitamins to one's food & Fitness regimen, especially since one is aware one is not 'meeting their vitamin requirement ...Read more

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Why do some vegetarians eat fish? Can that make their body sick since they're not used to meat?

Why do some vegetarians eat fish? Can that make their body sick since they're not used to meat?

Vegetarian Diet: Balanced Vegetarian Diet with vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts and dairy products is healthy. One kind of Vegetarian Diet is not for every one's liking. Some vegetarians eat fish for Protein as they think that there is not enough Protein in vegetarian Diet In reality, needs of Protein intake are met by grains, lentils, beens nuts, milk,yogurt, cheese and nuts. Fish will not make their body sick. ...Read more

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Could you explain why do toothpaste labels only have instructions for children under 6/7?

Could you explain why do toothpaste labels only have instructions for children under 6/7?

It's size and weight: It has to do with their weight and size. Children only need a pea sized amount of toothpaste to brush with and children tend to swallow the toothpaste because of the sweeteners added to make it more palatable and fun for brushing. It also has to do with regulating how much Fluoride a child takes in so it doesn't adversely affect their permanent teeth. ...Read more

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Why aren't prescription medications prepared in advance? Why do pharmacies prepare them? How do they have the training to do so? I thought they simply require you to have a prescription and simply sell you the medicine and that is it?

Some : Some prescriptions (such as liquid suspensions) need to be mixed when you pick them up because they will lose strength a couple weeks after the water is added. Other times pills need to be counted. In all cases an individual label needs to be generated with your specific instructions and the pharmacist needs to verify that the medication is not something you are allergic to or something that you can't take with your other medications. ...Read more

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I'm deicided to go on raw vegan diet. Is there anything I should be careful about?

I'm deicided to go on raw vegan diet. Is there anything I should be careful about?

Diet: Eating disorders are usually a symptom of something else going on in your life. The cure isn't a change in diet. Instead I urge you to talk out your life issues with someone you trust. I would also urge a different kind of diet. Eliminate all fast foods, high sugar foods, no sodas, anything with high fructose in it. Plan meals and stick to the plan. Pure vegan is often deficient in many areas. ...Read more

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Are their pills with all the nutrients, protein, and all to make sure I get everything I need to be heathy. And would it be safe to eat normally w/thm?

Are their pills with all the nutrients, protein, and all to make sure I get everything I need to be heathy. And would it be safe to eat normally w/thm?

No: Unfortunately we're not able to come up with a pill to replace nutrition you derive from eating food. Consider a varied, nutritious diet. A nutritionist can help you come up with a meal plan. ...Read more

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Can orthorexia have serious long-term effects on me if I continue to only eat foods I deem healthy and refuse to eat anything "unhealthy?"

Can orthorexia have serious long-term effects on me if I continue to only eat foods I deem healthy and refuse to eat anything "unhealthy?"

Orthorexia is a: problem, thus it has a diagnostic name. An obsession w/healthy food can develop into full blown Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. When your food choices cause difficulty in functioning or comfort level that is a red flag that you have crossed over into something unhealthy, the very thing you were trying to avoid. A nutritionist can be a good person to see, someone to be accountable to.Peace&health ...Read more

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Does overcooking vegetables make them lose their nutritional value? Can you still get some benefit from them if you eat fruit too?

Does overcooking vegetables make them lose their nutritional value? Can you still get some benefit from them if you eat fruit too?

Nutrients in Vegetables: There is no single best to answer to this question. It depends on which vegetable and which nutrients you're talking about. Generally vegetables pack the most nutrients when they are fresh, not overcooked, and not over boiled (for water-soluble nutrients). It is perfectly OK to eat vegetables and fruit at the same time. You will still absorb the nutrients from both. Enjoy! ...Read more