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Can a +3500cal-per-pound food cause more than a pound of fat gain? [on hold]

This question is related to a similar question on this site, but mine is focused on the biological side, rather than straight physics. Specifically, all of the upvoted answers on that question focus ...
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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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Is it safe to eat food with DNA in it? [closed]

Going viral on twitter 80% of consumers want mandatory labels on any food containing DNA. http://jaysonlusk.com/blog/2015/1/15/food-demand-survey-foods-january-2015 … Is it safe to eat food ...
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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 ...
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Does consuming a surplus 3,500 calories lead to the gain of one pound of body fat?

My health "textbook" says that one pound (454 g) of fat contains 3,500 [kilo-]Calories (14,000 kJ). It provides no references for this statistic. A calorie is a unit of measure that indicates the ...
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Is there a cancer avoidance diet that is backed up scientifically? [closed]

Is there an agreement in the scientific community upon a diet (eating program) that can avoid or drastically reduce risk of cancer? The information out there is very vague and sometimes contradictory. ...
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Is Science Diet cat food brand a nutritionally poor and relatively unhealthy option for cats?

Rebecca Watson, a cohost on the Skeptics Guide to the Universe podcast, recently made a claim that Hill's Science Diet was not a healthy choice to feed to your cat. She later explained her answer on ...
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Does drinking black tea increase prostate cancer risk?

A Scottish study in 2012 claimed that heavy black tea drinkers are at higher risk for prostate cancer. A new study from Scotland has found that men who are heavy tea drinkers may be at higher ...
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Does drinking juice help to remove toxins?

This article Colon Cleansing – 3 Recipes Creating a Buzz includes 4 (sic) recipes that "cleanse the colon" to "get rid of any sort of harmful toxins". Apple Juice High Fiber Colon Cleansing ...
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Can domestic cats be healthy as vegetarians?

I used to hear that dogs can be given vegetarian dog food, but that cats need meat. I'm not sure therefore how to interpret the following PETA claim about cats. Vegetarian Cats and Dogs If you ...
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Is arthritis a symptom of boron-deficiency in the diet?

As shared on Facebook: Wake Up World: Arthritis Cure Found in Nature? This article claims that boron kills amoebae that cause rheumatoid arthritis. It also claims that areas of the world that have ...
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Quinoa chips are too high in protein?

My bag of Simply7™ Quinoa chips is based on quinoa flour and contains a significant amount of added starch. It claims to have 9 grams of protein/12 grams of carbs, a 3:4 ratio. However, pure Quinoa ...
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Is it healthy to “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper”?

Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper! or Eat like a king in the morning, a prince at noon, and a peasant at dinner The abovementioned proverb doesn't ...
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Is coconut oil the best for high-temperature cooking?

In a conversation with a colleague, it was suggested that common cooking oils such as olive oil will "go rancid" when heated, causing them to break down, for them to lose their nutritional value, and ...