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Is eating food with your bare hands more tasty?

In India, it has been a tradition to eat food with (washed) bare hands instead of using a knife, fork, spoon or chopsticks. Family and relatives re-iterate that it's tastier to eat with bare hands. Is ...
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Protein Per Every Pound You Weigh for optimal muscle building?

I am sure everyone who goes to the gym has been told at one point by some trainer that: You must consume up to 1.0g of protein per pound of bodyweight. I have heard many arguments on why this is ...
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Does eating smaller meal more often provide benefits over eating the same food in a bigger meal less often? [duplicate]

Someone told me eating 6 small healthy meals rather than 3 big meals is healthier. Let's say the 3 meal diet and the 6 meal diet contains the same food in the same quantity. Will the 6 meals really be ...
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can an acid alkalinize blood [duplicate]

I have recently read that umeboshi vinegar alkalinizes blood thanks to its content in acetic acid. I find at least strange that an acid can have an effect contrary to acidification. Can this be ...
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Does drinking milk increase risk of death?

A Facebook friend linked to a claim that I find rather dubious. On the website of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, they talk about health concerns about dairy products and have an ...
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Do peanuts contain high levels of omega-6 fatty acids?

Listverse's article 10 Unhealthy Foods You Think are Healthy claims: Nuts are generally healthy. Most sorts come packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and lots of goodies for your body to enjoy. ...
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Can you tell someone is hungry based on stomach rumbling?

The stomach rumble (clearly audible sound caused by the digestive system's movements) is a common phenomenon, often believed to be indicative of hunger. It is also a common trope used in fiction to ...
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Does eating banana peels help in cancer prevention?

On his website, urologist and Fox News Medical Correspondent, Dr David Samadi, states (emphasis mine) [...] So why are peels the new superfood? Read on. To start, the skins are packed with ...
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Does Vitamin C in Indian Gooseberry have skincare benefits when applied directly to skin, or when eaten?

There are several health product sites making claims about Vitamin C and Indian Gooseberry. They say it helps with skin problems. Note that "Amla" is one of the names for Indian Gooseberry. For ...
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Is it more harmful to eat sugary food when sick?

If you search junk food when sick there's all sorts of info telling you not to eat it, e.g. Natural Society: 5 Foods NOT to Eat While Sick or Battling a Cold 5 Foods NOT to Eat While Sick or ...
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Do processed meats cause cancer only insomuch as they contain preservatives? [closed]

For those not in the know, the WHO released a study today saying that Bacon, hot dogs and other processed meats cause cancer. They further say that red meat "probably" causes cancer. A common reply to ...
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Do bees pollinate 1/3 of the world's food sources?

I was eating some almonds when I saw the lid of the Blue Diamond Almonds : Smokehouse Flavored can say that bees pollinate 1/3 of the entire world's food sources. Is this claim true at all?
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Are fresh tomatoes more healthy than tomato paste? [closed]

The common dogma is that fresh food is more healthy than processed food. Is that also true in the case of tomato paste? Carolyn Susman wrote in the ChicagoTribune: Despite advice that eating a ...
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Does honey contain traces of alcohol?

This question is similar to the case of bread, but I am more skeptical with honey because of its properties somewhat resemble to an alcohol (being acidic and tangy on tongue). Relative source I ...
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Do rice products have high levels of arsenic?

A recent story shared via Facebook warns of the dangers of allowing children to eat rice cakes. Warning To All Parents: Don’t Let Your Children Eat Rice Cakes. Popular rice products found in ...
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Would drinking a glass of glyphosate be harmful

In an interview Dr. Patrick Moore claimed that: You can drink a whole quart of it and it won’t hurt you. He then declined the offer to drink a glass of the herbicide to prove his claim, saying: ...
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What are the effects of a Big Mac on our bodies?

Another "effects of..." infographic is making the rounds of Facebook today about the effects of eating a Big Mac. At a cursory glance it seems to mix preposterous claims ("it takes days for you to ...
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Does eating sweets cause you to 'spoil your appetite'? [closed]

This is a very common thing among parents to tell their children not to eat sweets or other dessert foods before a meal as it will 'spoil their appetite', in the sense that they're not going to be ...
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Does eating bananas prevent eyelid twitching?

I have heard many times growing up that if your eyelid is twitching, it means you need more potassium in your diet, and therefore should eat more bananas. A quick search online finds a variety of ...
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Can weight gain be due to underlying health conditions?

According to the NHS (United Kingdom): Most people put on weight because they eat and drink more calories than they burn through everyday movement and body functions. But in some cases, ...
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Does eating certain food types alter your body temperature?

Many articles claim that some foods will lower your body temperature, or prevent you overheating, and others will warm your body temperature. Some of the temperature-lowering claims are due to the ...
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Are stomach noises normal for healthy stomachs and diets?

According to some sites, stomach noises are normal when healthy. Fox News: Although these noisy gurgling sounds can be uncomfortable or even embarrassing, they are generally a sign that your ...
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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 ...