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Are stomach noises an indication for non-optimal food combinations?

According to 1,2 (and more) stomach noises are normal. However, these sites claim these noises indicate a bad food combination (1,2). Which claim is the more valid one?
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Can reducing DHT by dietary means reduce or reverse hair loss?

So, I came across this video that advertises a hair-loss prevention and reversing technique. The video is very much over the top, saying that the technique reverses hair loss in every patient, ...
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Is very young lamb poisonous?

I spotted an article on BBC news (repeated on several other news aggregators) about a farmer who had had his lambs stolen. There was a very specific warning given: PSNI Chief Inspector Graham ...
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Does 32 g of Gatorade powder contain 33 g of carbohydrates?

A screenshot of the nutrition facts of a can of Gatorade powder was posted on my Facebook feed: The label reads "Per 32 g (about 3 tbsp)", but if you read through the ingredients, the amount ...
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Does butter increase nutrient uptake of other foods, especially compared to using margarine?

This viral message listing supposed health benefits of butter over margarine (also the basis of previous questions about health impacts of trans fats and whether margarine is similar to plastic) makes ...
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Does dietary fiber cause constipation? [closed]

I know the current recommendation is that we should eat lots of dietary fiber to avoid constipation and to get regular bowel movements. But I find contradicting sources regarding this: For example ...
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Did A&W customers think 1/3 pound burger patties weigh less than 1/4 pound ones?

This Facebook post by 9gag.com makes the claim that customers of A&W thought that A&W's 1/3 pound burgers weighed less than McDonald's 1/4 pound burgers, and preferred to buy the McDonald's ...
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does this picture give an accurate account to what happens after drinking diet coke?

We recently had this quention possed to skeptic, Is this description of the processes which take place in the body for an hour after drinking Coca Cola accurate? now the author of the picture seen in ...
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Is this description of the processes which take place in the body for an hour after drinking Coca Cola accurate?

An infographic about what happens to your body in the hour after drinking a can of Coca Cola has gone viral, but I haven't found the sources from which this information was gathered. Here's ...
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Is (cow) milk's consumption bad for humans? [closed]

There are several claims that milk is bad: http://www.fullyraw.com/why-milk-is-bad-for-you/ http://saveourbones.com/osteoporosis-milk-myth/ ...
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Has anyone died from eating fruit pits that contain amygdalin (cyanide)? [duplicate]

It's often noted that fruit pits, the hardened seeds inside peaches, cherries, and plums, contain amygdalin, which breaks down into cyanide in the body. It is also often noted that apple seeds and ...
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Is combining different types of foods unhealthy? [duplicate]

According to this article: It is good to combine vegetables with either proteins or starches, but: Do not combine proteins and starches (meat and potatoes, fish and rice, etc.). Generally, eat ...
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Is cold-pressed juice higher in nutrients?

It is widely claimed that cold-press juicing machines are better than the cheaper, and more common, centrifugal juicing machines, because they avoid degrading the nutrients in the juice through ...
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Is Sodium Nitrite (food additive e250) carcinogenic?

Reading a recent news article about a Dutch fish processing firm using Sodium Nitrite for white fish processing I learned that the additive is associated with a higher risk of cancer when used in ...
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Is obesity correlated with solitary and/or social eating?

The basis of this question is a pair of newspaper articles that appeared in the Guardian just over a year apart. I know, it's not a scholarly journal, and the articles aren't remotely scientific. The ...
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Does one in six Americans struggle with hunger?

Feeding America claims, that one in six US Americans struggles with hunger. Is that claim true? Is the definition of "hunger" they use similar to the one when talking about hunger for example in ...
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Can acidosis be diet-induced?

I know Acidosis is a legitimate medical diagnosis. Some woo-peddlers like to claim that eating too much acidic foods can cause this condition, and recommend alkalizing foods which, ...
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Is China creating fake rice which includes resin? [closed]

From The Straits Times: "Fake rice made of plastic reported to have reached Asian shores but not Singapore's" PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The sacred bowl of rice that used to ...
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Does ghee help burn body fat?

Several people claim that ghee can promote weight loss by burning fat. Max Sport and Fitness: Ghee promotes a healthy digestive system and is good for weight loss due to its concentration of ...
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Does heating breast milk in a microwave oven destroy nutrients?

Related to this question but from nutritional point of view. Does microwave heating (not excessive) reduce human breast milk nutritional qualities? Especially compared to conventional stove ...
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Do calorie charts in restaurants lead people to choose less healthy foods?

I was reading Quora and came across this answer in my reader's digest. The question is What are some psychological facts that most people don't know? and the answer has ten items. The one that caught ...
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Does eating dark chocolate eliminate night terrors?

In answer to a question on Parenting.SE about helping a child cope with night terrors, a user posted: Here's what you do For the little guy. For his night terrors give him 1 to 2 small square of ...
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Does dairy milk and meat decrease your overall health and make you live less? [closed]

In this extremely popular and numerously mirrored lecture, Dr. Michael Greger presents "proofs" that humans should not consume dairy milk and meat at all, because it is destructive to health in ...
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Does an avocado ripen faster in a paper bag?

I've always heard that an avocado could ripen faster if put in a paper bag. These claims can be found in many places on the internet : The best way to ripen avocados How to ripen an avocado Here ...
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Are sprout seeds safe to eat?

In this article called “8 façons de t’intoxiquer à un barbecue” (which could be translated by “8 ways to poison yourself at a barbecue”), a Canadian skeptic talks about sprout seeds : I would ...
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Is there any research which supports the use of probiotic yogurts? [duplicate]

I have seen various varieties of pro-biotic yoghurt drinks on the shelves in supermarkets. For those unfamiliar - they are claimed to contain bacteria that is beneficial to the human body and ...
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Did Spam sue a 'popular email service' in the early days of the internet?

I seem to clearly remember hearing many years ago that Spam () sued Microsoft (or AOL, or another popular email service at the time) for using the word 'spam' to refer to junk email. They said it was ...
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Is it unhealthy to lick the lid of a yogurt cup?

I've heard that it's unhealthy to eat the yogurt that sticks to the lid because it contains aluminium. Scraping it off with a spoon is even worse than licking it. Is there any evidence that this is ...
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Is Finitro Forte Plus an effective treatment for arthritis?

This advertisement for a product says (French original, followed by my translation into English), Finitro Forte Plus montre des résultats surprenants dans le traitement de l'arthrite, de ...
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Is drinking while standing unhealthy?

In Quora there is an answer that states: Scientifically, drinking while standing lets water hit the lower part of the esophagus strongly, & by time this leads to a dilation and relaxation of ...
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Does gelatin aid hair and nail growth?

It's an old saw, your parents telling you to eat your gelatin because it will make your hair and nails strong. There are sites on the internet stating similar claims, but they're usually the same sort ...
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Is brown rice healthier than white rice?

Vegkitchen.com say: Brown rice is better for you than white On the other side: ancestral-nutrition.com say: White Rice Is Healthier Than Brown Rice My wife tells me that there is a very ...
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Is Diet Soda making older people fat?

This new article i read states that in adults over the age of 65 diet soda consumption triples waist circumference gain over people who did not consume diet sodas. article According to a study ...
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Does the human body crave missing vitamins?

My mother has told me that if your body needs a certain vitamin, you will find you feel like eating fruits that include that vitamin. For example, if you have lack of Vitamin C, you'll get a craving ...
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Are diet soft drinks linked to depression in women?

According to this Fox News article, 13 ways to stop drinking soda for good, they claim diet pop has been linked with depression in women. diet drinks have many of the same health risks as regular ...
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Is food handled in China but available in Australia less safe than food handled in Australia?

Recently, there's been an incident involving frozen berries handled in China spreading Hepatitis A in Australia. People are responding to this by arguing for better labeling of where food products ...
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Is diet soda as bad for your teeth as regular soda or methamphetamine?

I've heard of many claims about soda water itself containing carbonic acid (as claimed by a teacher I had in high school) and having a generally high pH that's enough to destroy one's teeth. This ...
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Does blending food to “break down the cell walls” make it healthier?

A popular blender brand, Vitamix, claims that The 5200’s powerful blades pulverize the cell walls of whole fruits and vegetables, releasing the full nutrients found in the seeds and skin They stop ...
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Will food go sour faster during dog days, as according to Scandinavian lore? [closed]

Since I was just a small boy, my mother has kept insisting that dog days are real. This period would last from July 23, to August 23, tho some may say slightly different time-frames, all within July ...
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Did food industry make their instant cakes harder to cook in the '50s?

In a video against animal cruelty, a woman talks about the tricks food industry has been using for decades. One subject in particular intriges me. In the 1950s there was a very important ...
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Does stale toast contain fewer digestible calories than hot toast?

This article, A calorie isn't a calorie claims: Starch becomes more resistant to digestion when it is allowed to cool and sit after being cooked, because it crystallizes into structures that ...
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Does the body require essential fatty acids for good health?

I have been skeptical of the term essential fatty acids, as the word "essential" would imply that a nutrient is necessary to good health. For example, any textbook can show you that essential amino ...
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Is it common that North Americans who call themselves 'vegetarian' eat fish?

There's an article titled Vegetarians Who Eat Fish Are Actually Onto Something which says, I’m out besmirching Malibu’s pristine sands to decide if pescetarianism—a vegetarian diet supplemented ...
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Are most adults lactose intolerant?

Lactose intolerance varies with race and region, but, comparing the percentage levels of intolerance vs. non-intolerance, it could be inferred that it's more normal for most adults to be lactose ...
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Does Chicory Root Extract cause high flatulence?

Most reviews for Fiber One Chewy bars appear united that the Chicory Root Extract causes great amount of flatulence. For example: Tasted good but had no idea why I suddenly had such painful and ...
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Is salt an antihistamine?

According to Dr. F. Batmanghelidj (as described here), salt effectively acts as an antihistamine, by suppressing the release of histamines. The best natural antihistamine is salt, according to Dr. ...
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Are soaked almonds easier to digest than unsoaked almonds?

Many people, especially in India, soak almonds overnight before eating them. Some people claim this has health benefits. For example MD-Health claim: when soaked, almonds release enzyme inhibitor ...
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Are sharks primarily hunted for Chinese cuisine?

In Captain Paul Watson: Fear and Loathing of Sharks in Western Australia, Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson (warning: Islamophobic content elsewhere in the article) says On the other hand, we ...
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Do 3% of the Swiss eat dogs and cats?

There have been stories lately of a petition presented to the Swiss government asking them to outlaw the eating of cats and dogs. This BBC article includes a claim from Tomi Tomek that 3% of the ...
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Does the average American Thanksgiving meal contain 4,500 Calories?

Here is the claim: Traditional Thanksgiving Meals Top 4,500 Calories On Average A recent study reported that the average Thanksgiving meal will consist of about 4,500 calories. The ...