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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? [on hold]

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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Are there any foods which could be scientifically called inorganic? [on hold]

In a discussion of the correlation causation fallacy I came to realise that some people are informally using the term inorganic to mean non organic. Given the definition of inorganic and the ...
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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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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 ...
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Does increasing water intake during a diet help with weight loss?

Just about any weight loss coach/program I've ever seen say that drinking a lot of water (exact amount vary) combined with a low-calorie diet helps with losing weight (compered to the diet alone) ...
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How many calories is starving?

A friend recently posted the following, "...the World Health Organization classifies starvation as 2000 calories per day or less for women." I looked around on the WHO's website but couldn't find ...
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Defrost steak in 5 minutes? [closed]

I recently ran across an article titled "Food Hack: Defrost a Steak in 5 Minutes, No Heat Required". This article promulgates a Taiwanese news video suggesting that one can quickly defrost a 1 inch ...
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Do Sugar-Free Gummy Bears cause gastrointestinal distress?

I stumbled across the Amazon page for Haribo Sugar-Free Gummi Bears The Reviews and Questions posted there were extremely entertaining, however I have my doubts as to if they are true or just some ...
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Is coffee the #1 source of anti-oxidants in the US diet?

This TEDx talk about coffee claims that coffee is the #1 source of anti-oxidants in the US diet. Is this true?
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Should we prefer organic lemon and orange peels?

In many recipes, when it comes to add some lemon (or orange) zests, the authors advise to choose an organic fruit, because of the pesticides. I know there is no proof that non-organic fruits and ...
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Do College Cafeterias Put Laxatives in Their Food? [closed]

Going into college this fall, I've heard various rumors about this. Some first hand from college students, some from people who spoke to college students, and some just rumors. The idea is: sick ...
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Does contact with metal surfaces reduce the vitamin levels of vegetables?

I have heard that cutting or grating vegetables with metal tools somehow reduces the vitamin content (or as it is sometimes stated "it kills the vitamins"). There are also commercials, which advocate ...
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Does soya milk decrease testosterone? [closed]

This article: http://www.livestrong.com/article/240105-does-soy-milk-lower-testosterone/ seems to suggest that it is indecisive. Is there concrete evidence for either side of the argument? Neither ...
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Do quinoa flakes have the same nutritional profile as whole quinoa?

Purcell Mountain Farms sell "Quinoa flakes", which they claim retain all of the nutritional properties of the supergrain Similarly, an answerer at Askville claims: Quinoa Flakes have been ...
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Is it possible to smoke a McDonald's french fry like a cigarette? [closed]

This Facebook video purports to show Trevor Ferrell light the end of a french fry, bite off the other end, and inhale smoke through the fry like a cigarette. He goes on to suggest that this is ...
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Does unflavoured carbonated water cause damage to teeth?

I have been told that Carbon Dioxide (CO2) dissolved in carbonated water produces carbonic acid, that can attack your tooth enamel. The Daily Mail claims: believe it or not sparkling water is ...
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Did Norman Borlaug save a billion lives?

From Wikipedia article on Norman Borlaug: These collective increases in yield have been labeled the Green Revolution, and Borlaug is often credited with saving over a billion people worldwide ...
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Should I cut off black banana ending before eating?

I was always told that I should cut off the black ending of a banana before eating, because it would be dangerous. Sources for this claim can for example be found here (though that source is actually ...
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Does Charles Shaw wine contain animal blood & feces?

A post by Chris Knox on Quora was quoted on Gothamist, talking about Charles Shaw wine (aka "Two Buck Chuck"), says: "And it not only grabs ripe grapes, but unripe and down right rotten ones as ...
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Did SF grocery bag ban cause at least an additional 5.4 deaths a year due to bacteria in reusable grocery bags?

The paper Grocery Bag Bans and Foodborne Illness (Klick & Wright, 2012) claims that Our results suggest that the San Francisco ban led to between 5.4 and 15.8 additional deaths. The logic ...
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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 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 ...