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Does fiber lower cholesterol?

Does fiber lower cholesterol?

Soluble fibers lower total and LDL cholesterol by a small amount. They also exert other actions that help reduce the overall risk of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.

Should adults avoid drinking milk if other animals don't drink it?

Can adults drink milk?

Should adults drink milk? Other adult mammals don’t drink milk mainly because of their incapacity of extracting it, due to the lack of physical and mental capacity and different evolutionary paths.

Gluten free grains

Gluten-free grains

There are several gluten-free grains that have a similar nutritional profile as the gluten-containing grains, serving as good substitutes.

Mercury in fish

Mercury levels in fish

Large predatory fish, such as shark, swordfish, marlin, or king mackerel, contain more mercury in a small serving than the weekly maximum safe limit for most people. See the most recent data on the mercury levels in fish.

Are green potatoes toxic?

Are green potatoes toxic?

Green potatoes can be toxic. They may indicate a high level of naturally occurring toxic chemicals called glycoalkaloids. If this level is too high, it can result in consciousness loss and even death.

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