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Does organic food have more antioxidants than nonorganic food?

I know that there are a lot of studies out there that claim that organic food is not significantly different than nonorganic food in nutritional content, but this new study seems to challenge this ...
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Has a famine ever taken place in a functioning democracy?

Nobel winning economist, Amartya Sen has said: "No famine has ever taken place in the history of the world in a functioning democracy," he wrote in "Democracy as Freedom" (Anchor, 1999) ...
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Do artificial sweeteners trigger insulin releases?

Various articles suggest that artificial sweeteners cause the body to respond with an increased insulin release, which may be associated with diabetes. Huffington Post Researchers found that ...
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Does chocolate have caffeine?

Chocolate doesn't have caffeine according to this Snopes thread. Wikipedia stated that chocolate has it: [Cocoa solids] also contain alkaloids such as theobromine, phenethylamine and caffeine. ...
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Is the Craigslist rant saying people stay in restaurants on average a hour longer a hoax?

According to a craigslist post supposedly created by an anonymous NYC restaurant, customers take almost twice the time today to eat than 2004 because of mobile phones, food photos and fussiness. I ...
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Do lemons act as bases in the body?

Today, I was surprised to find a number of sources stating that lemons, while acidic in nature, act as bases once in the body. Here is one such source. I'm unclear whether the claims are based on ...
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Does drinking water or milk after eating fish, watermelon, muskmelon or corn cause any kind of harmful effects?

This question is about a myth popular in India and involves biology. I have a poor knowledge of biology, but I can understand chemistry up to school level. Also my English is not so good, so please ...
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Does eating a low yeast diet help control recurrent candida albicans (vaginal thrush)?

About.com and others (including a brochure from my GP) suggest eliminating all yeast products from the diet to help control candida vaginal thrush symptoms: Some alternative practitioners use ...
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Experimental proof that eating more causes weight gain via calories in minus calories out = weight gain formula [closed]

It sounds like a no-brainer that if you eat more you'll gain weight. Given that 1 kg of fat contains 8000 kcal of energy, you can estimate how much weight you'll gain if you eat more. But there are ...
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Does eating high cholesterol foods impact cholesterol blood levels of 30% of population based on Web MD article?

This Web MD article suggests that 30% people are vulnerable to dietary cholesterol. Indeed, studies suggest that only about 30% of people are particularly susceptible to the effects of dietary ...
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Is there a nutritional difference between Grain-Fed and Grass-Fed beef?

There are many sources that discuss the difference between grain-fed and grass-fed beef. Many claim there is a difference in the nutritional characteristics of the beef. Does the diet of a cow have ...
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Are bodily deficiencies “mapped” to facial acne?

There's a picture and body of text making its way through Tumblr again: What is your acne telling you? 1 & 2: Digestive System — Eat less processed or junk food, reduce the amount ...
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Do bananas last 3 to 5 days longer if you wrap plastic around their stem?

SweetFunnyCool : Here is a simple and easy way to make your bananas last longer. All you have to do is wrap plastic around the stem. Banana stems release ethylene which causes ripening and by ...
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Alkaline diet afect cancer? [duplicate]

I have heard that if you have an alkaline diet it actually prevents/stops cancer. It is not mandatory to eat all alkaline things but to balance it so that the body does not get to acidic from food. ...
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Does garlic enhance immune system?

There's a widely held belief that garlic enhances immune system. I'll reuse the same links as my earlier "onion" question, but the purported mechanisms seem different, even if they are folded in the ...
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Do onions enhance immune system?

The claim that onions boost your immune system is pretty widely held. Examples: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/onions-good-immune-system-3954.html ...
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Who determines portion size in food? [closed]

I've always been a little skeptical that companies claim their food products have more servings so that they can reduce fat, cholesterol, or other numbers on the label. Do companies choose to label a ...
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Are live monkey brains a traditional cuisine?

There is a common belief/urban legend that there are some Asian peoples that eat brains of monkeys while they are still alive. A dish often attributed to China, monkey brains are also eaten in ...
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Do onions become toxic or otherwise dangerous within a day of a being cut open?

I saw a new "health advice" meme on Facebook today: Please remember it is dangerous to cut an onion and try to use it to cook the next day, it becomes highly poisonous for even a single night ...
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Is it possible for dogs to have a vegetarian diet?

I have seen some people claim that dogs can be kept healthy on a vegetarian diet, while other people emphatically deny this and yet more say "No! Unless you're really careful". Can dogs be kept ...
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Can you deduce the quality of watermelons by tapping on them?

It is believed that by tapping on a watermelon and listening to the feedback sound, one can deduce whether the watermelon is ripe and tasty or not. This belief seems to be very common in some areas of ...
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Do foods rich in Estrogen increase breast size?

It's a common belief that foods rich in estrogen (like Soya milk) increases breast size. MD-health.com claims that it works: Eat Enough Estrogenic Foods. Estrogen is a potent female sex hormone ...
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Did Japanese people eat pickled fish eyes?

In the episode Outpost of the "Private Snafu" WWII propaganda series, Snafu encounters a can of pickled fish eyes with rice from the Imperial Japanese Navy. (Transcript, video link (Warning: content ...
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Are people dying of starvation because we cannot produce enough food?

I have been watching a BBC documentary Botany: A Blooming History - Episode 3 Hidden World In it, (at ~51m35s) Timothy Walker, the presenter, says: ...Certainly there may be risks attached to ...
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Does eating food which was exposed to *ionizing* EM radiation pose a health risk?

From what I've read, non-ionizing EM radiation is harmless. There is little evidence that it causes any health issues. This is also the consensus here on Skeptics, that's the case in mobile phone ...
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Can you get sufficient protein from a vegan diet?

This image claims that you can get protein from non-meat sources, citing Broccoli as an example. Do you really need meat to get Protein? Beef 6.4 grams of protein per 100 calories. ...
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Can vegetable oils, extracted from seeds, be shown to cause health problems? [closed]

There have been quite a few claims lately on the internet (though all look deceptively similar), that vegetable oils in general are bad for your health and that one should prefer oils which are not ...
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Does potassium deficiency cause cramps?

According to Ace Fitness, it is a myth that potassium deficiency doesn't cause cramps, since there isn't enough potassium in sweat to deplete potassium. Sodium deficiency is blamed instead. Is this ...
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Do vegetables actually offer any nutritional value beyond fiber and a comprehensive vitamin pill? [duplicate]

Are vegetables better for you than regularly taken multivitamin and fiber supplements? NB: I am not asking whether vegetables are good for you, I am asking whether they're better than a cheaper, more ...
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Was sucralose accidentally discovered in the course of insectide research?

I see repeated claims, mostly from sources of highly questionable veracity, that Sucralose was developed while searching for new insecticides. ABC news also makes this claim in a summery of various ...
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Does carrageenan cause gastrointestinal inflammation and higher rates of intestinal lesions, ulcerations, and even malignant tumors in humans?

I came across this article on how to avoid carrageenan on a friend's facebook post. The "article" starts with this statement: Carrageenan is a common food additive extracted from red seaweed. ...
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Can the Gobe device measure your caloric intake?

Healbe currently has an IndieGoGo campaign for the GoBe. Everything else is just a manual calorie tracker. Only GoBe precisely calculates calorie intake, burn, and metabolic rate during any ...
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Is cancer linked to having an acidic body?

There a lot of differing views reports on pH levels and cancer. Some say that cancer only grows in acidic bodies. Some say that an alkaline body can prevent or cure cancer. Many others disagree ...
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Is waiting until 6 months to introduce solids to babies better?

Lately I've been hearing a lot of people saying that the advice to start solids between 4-6 months is out of date. For example, KellyMom, a usually fairly respected parenting resource says: ...
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Is the flavor of artificial banana flavoring based on the “Gros Michel” banana?

I've heard the claim that artificial banana flavoring doesn't taste like bananas since it was based on a different cultivar than the one we know today. Until the 1950's the main banana cultivar ...
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Does regular self-induced vomiting provide any health benefit?

Yoga International provided an acquittance with a cleansing technique dubbed upper wash where the healthy subject is to voluntarily vomit in order to clean their body from toxins: ...
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Does the means of slaughter affect meat quality?

Some friends of mine believe that different ways of killing an animal may reduce the quality of the meat; in particular, a violent death produces a tougher meat, maybe caused by the adrenaline ...
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Have chronic conditions such as heart disease, prostate cancer, infertility ever been linked to everyday exposures to chemicals in food?

Claim: http://www.ewg.org/research/mens-health "There has been significant research in recent decades showing that chronic conditions such as heart disease, prostate cancer, infertility may be linked ...
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Blowing on food

I recently read a post saying that blowing on food is dangerous because it can cause "Stomach Cancer", and found on google some links like this one. I cannot find attendible references, and moreover ...
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Does drinking beet juice cause hypotension? [closed]

The benefits of drinking beet juice suggest that it reduces the blood pressure. Does that mean it causes hypotension in people with normal blood pressure? Does that mean people with normal blood ...
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Does a high protein diet increase your risk for cancer?

The Daily Telegraph claims that "High-protein diet 'as bad for health as smoking'". Notable quotes: The risk is nearly as high as the danger of developing cancer by smoking 20 cigarettes each ...
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Does an alkaline diet help to prevent kidney stones?

From Natural News: Highly acidic diets tend to create an environment which encourages kidney stones, while more alkaline diets help prevent these kind of deposits. Is this true?
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Is the peel of commercially-grown apples toxic with pesticides?

According to an article in Yahoo! Voices: Many people choose to peel an apple because they fear exposure to pesticides. This is a legitimate concern. Surveys have shown that pesticide residues ...
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Is whole-grain bread healthier than white bread?

Claim: whole grain (specifically wheat) bread is healthier than white bread. Source: Stack Exchange podcast #55
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Does red meat increase the risk of heart disease?

Conventional common wisdom has been that red meat consumption increases the risk of developing heart disease. There are a lot of studies indicating this may be true, but there are also a lot of ...
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Does the BRAT diet help stop diarrhea?

The BRAT diet is Bananas, Rice, Apples and Toast. Some sites like this first one add Yogurt. http://www.mademan.com/mm/5-foods-stop-diarrhea.html In this wikiHow, the A is applesauce and the ...
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Do ants feed on pure honey?

Honey vendors say that to identify pure honey drop a spoonful of honey. If the ants don't feed it is pure. For example: Leave a little of testing honey near some ants, if the ants hover around ...
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Do the types of food affect a calorie restricted diet?

Can food type have any effect on weight loss even though net calories would remain constant? For example, The Fast Diet FAQ, which is a diet based on Intermittent fasting, contains the following ...
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Does food on blue plates look tastier?

This Daily Mail article says the NHS is replacing their plates with blue ones to get patients to eat more. NHS caterers have finally found a means of getting frail patients to eat more – putting ...
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Was the combination of yoghurt and honey called “the food of the gods” in ancient Indian records?

From Wikipedia's article on yogurt: In ancient Indian records, the combination of yogurt and honey is called "the food of the gods". All that the provided reference states is: Whatever the ...