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Size of my fist or size of dust
Color of night, rainbow or white
If I check health,
I'm unhealthy myself
Sweeter or hotter,
Or eyes will water
At my incredible bite

What am I?

NOTE

This has got 10 up-votes in the sandbox

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Pretty sure this is

pepper

although there is one couplet I don't think I understand. [EDITED: But now I do; see below.]

Size of my fist or size of dust

A whole bell/capsicum pepper is roughly fist-sized. Ground-up black pepper seeds are dust-like.

Color of night, rainbow or white

The pepper seeds we use ground for seasoning are usually black or white. Chili peppers and sweet peppers are commonly red, orange, yellow or green. (I have yet to see a blue one, so maybe "rainbow" is stretching it a bit.)

If I check health,
I'm unhealthy myself

I confess I'm not sure what this is about. [EDITED to add:] After writing all the rest of this answer I happened to look at the riddle sandbox and saw a mention of "the Dr. bit" at which all became clear: "Dr Pepper" is the name of a soft drink; doctors check your health but soft drinks are usually not at all good for you

Sweeter or hotter,

There are "sweet" peppers with no capsaicin in them, hot chili peppers with lots of capsaicin, and black/white pepper seeds that come from an entirely different plant and are hot for different reasons.

Or eyes will water
At my incredible bite

Capsaicin from Capsicum sp., and piperine in Piper nigrum.

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    $\begingroup$ just asking , did you read this question first here or in sandbox ? $\endgroup$ – Amruth A Aug 23 '16 at 12:10
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    $\begingroup$ Here. (I read the question, solved it apart from one couplet, posted my answer, went to the sandbox out of curiosity and saw a remark there that made it obvious what was going on with the couplet I'd missed.) $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Aug 23 '16 at 12:12
  • $\begingroup$ This is indeed correct $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Aug 23 '16 at 12:17

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