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The Minecraft Beta 1.8 Pre-Release has just come out, and I've been trying it out.

One of the bigger changes I noticed, is that food only recovers your hunger bar, not your health bar. And if the hunger bar is full, you recover health slowly.

Does this mean that we cannot directly recover health in Minecraft Beta 1.8?

I'm afraid, when we are fighting hostile mobs, I will die more easily because I cannot directly recover health from food!

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+1 for pre-release link. – Joe the Person Sep 10 '11 at 4:34
and do a little research by spending a bit of time with the release notes. – Nick T Sep 10 '11 at 5:48
I have removed all but the original question from this (later questions were added in via edits -- next time, feel free to ask a new question!). Your question about fighting Enderman is answered here, and your question about experience will hopefully be answered here – Raven Dreamer Sep 10 '11 at 5:53
up vote 5 down vote accepted

Yes, food now only replenishes your hunger bar, and if the hunger bar is high enough, you will regenerate health at a fixed rate (~1/2 hp/5 sec at 90-100% sated). Conversely, and depending on difficulty, when you're starving you will either lose health until you hit 50% (easy), 5% (normal) or die (hard).

Various actions including walking, swimming, running, and stabbing things will increase your hunger (though notably not boating).

Food now stacks to 64, so it should be plenty easy to carry around enough for quite a while.

If you don't want to die while fighting hostile mobs, don't be so reckless; wear armor and/or take them out at range with a bow. As of 1.9 and 1.0 release, you can also use potions (Potion of Instant Health and Potion of Regeneration) to supplement your longevity. A Golden Apple also gives the same effect as the Potion of Regeneration, though owing to the extreme rarity probably not worth it.

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How much health would you lose on Peaceful? – Zibbobz May 5 '14 at 13:16

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