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Apple cider vinegar in bone broth soup extract minerals and nutrients

After looking through recipes for bone broth stock / soup I noticed that it is often claimed that adding apple cider vinegar to the mixture helps extract nutirents / minerals from the bones. Below ...
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Did Mesoamericans eat Chihuahua dogs?

There are multiple online sources that claim the Chihuahua dog breed was often eaten by the Mesoamerican cultures who lived there before the arrival of the Europeans. For example, this site claims ...
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Is palm oil bad for health?

Lately, Russian TV and various internet sites have started a campaign against palm oil (Пальмовое масло). Here are some examples: Пальмовое масло: вредно или полезно? [Trans: Palm Oil: Harmful or ...
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Do sandwiches taste better when someone else makes them?

I'm a bit skeptical about the claim in this poster: Click for a larger version. Studies show that sandwiches actually taste better when other people make them for you. When we make food, we get ...
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Do bears get a taste for human flesh?

I'm sure I've heard similar stories regarding dogs and even hamsters, but in this Guardian story a vet says: Takeshi Komatsu, a local vet, said it was possible that the four were killed by the ...
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Can humans digest the iron present in spinach?

In this article by Spiegel Online (German), there is a claim that humans cannot absorb/digest/use the iron present in spinach: Das tatsächlich im Spinat enthaltende Eisen ist für Menschen per ...
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Was a misplaced decimal point responsible for the popular belief that spinach has a lot of iron?

Daniel Engber writes in Who Will Debunk The Debunkers?: Popeye loved his leafy greens and used them to obtain his super strength, Arbesman’s book explained, because the cartoon’s creators knew ...
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Do artificial sweeteners raise the risk of diabetes?

A recent study about the effect of artificial sweeteners suggests they may increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This has been widely reported in the media, for example the Mail Online ...
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Do supermarkets spray fruit to keep it from rotting?

Many people wash their fruits because they say that supermarkets put a chemical spray on them to keep them nice for a long time without rotting. (They are concerned that eating food with that spray is ...
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Are fruits better than processed fruit juices?

I had a discussion with a friend of mine. He claimed that (processed) fruit juices from any organization (say Tropicana) are not at par with naturally occurring fruits, rather they are worse. He said ...
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Is Arsenic Essential to Life?

A website selling Himalayan Salt advertises: As a trace mineral, arsenic is a necessary part of healthy blood. Small amounts of arsenic are essential to life. Is this claim true?
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Can 3D ocean farms provide food and biofuel far more sustainably than other sources?

This article in The Nation contains an excerpt from “Ecological Redemption: Ocean Farming in the Era of Climate Change,” a lecture by Bren Smith given at the Thirty-Fifth Annual E. F. Schumacher ...
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Are vegetarians more intelligent?

In a post titled Why Vegetarians Are More Intelligent than Meat Eaters, evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa claims: Among the British respondents in the National Child Development Study, ...
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Are the vast majority of vegans Vitamin B12 deficient?

WebMD reports: In the July issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, German researchers tracked 174 apparently healthy people living in Germany and the Netherlands. They found that ...
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Is Aspartame being added to regular Coke?

Recently, I have been drinking regular Coke and have been really turned off by the taste, since it seemed to have aspartame in it. At first I thought I was crazy because it is regular Coke, not sugar ...
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Does standard table salt contain anti-caking agents that prevent salts from disolving in our body?

FitLife writes in 10 amazing benefits of pink himalayan salt: Commercial refined salt is not only stripped of all its minerals, besides sodium and chloride, but is also chemically cleaned, ...
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Eating fruits before starting a meal digests fruits better? [duplicate]

I dine with certain families who say that they eat fruits before starting the main meal instead of eating fruits at the end of the meal. They justify this by saying that the stomach can absorb ...
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Does Himalayan Salt have positive effects on the pH balance inside the human body?

FitLive writes in 10 Amazing Benefits of Pink (Himalayan) Salt: Balance pH (alkaline/acidity) and help to reduce acid reflux Mercola makes the same claim in The 13 Amazing Health Benefits of ...
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Is it illegal in Germany to waste food at a restaurant?

This post on LinkedIn Pulse purports a tweet from Mr. Ratan Tata - a well-known Indian of diverse interests. The tweet references an undated incident at an unnamed restaurant in Hamburg, Germany. The ...
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Do high-fat diets causes heart disease?

This article in The Guardian alleges that the nutritional science establishment has spent the last 4 decades claiming that fatty diets cause heart disease when in fact sugar is largely to blame. The ...
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Is it dangerous to feed powder-based infant formula that has been left at room temperature for more than two hours?

Claim: If you mix infant formula powder with boiled water and leave the resulting mixture at room temperature, it should be considered spoiled after 1 or 2 hours. Claimed by: Infant formula powder ...
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Are imported, machine slaughtered meats served to pilgrims in Mecca?

I recently received this message on whatsapp: A warning to those Intending to perform Umrah or Hajj Mufti Abdullah Nana, the founding member of the Halal Advocates of America, says: "I ...
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Will cooking with a Lucky Iron Fish add dietary iron to food?

Lucky Iron Fish is a product made of iron, one can use to add to food to boil with and it is meant to boost the iron levels in the food. One Lucky Iron FishTM can provide an entire family with up ...
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Do frozen foods remain safe indefinitely?

I just found in my freezer some foie gras from two years ago. It's not cooked and is very well wrapped in aluminium foil and plastic foil. My freezer has been kept at -20 °C ( -4 °F) or below. I ...
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Do “nightshades” and tomatoes cause inflammation?

Giselle Bundchen and Tom Brady reportedly have a very strict diet that, among other things, restricts "nightshades". As reported in Business Insider: [Tom] doesn’t eat nightshades, because they’...
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Is castoreum, from “a beaver's butt”, used for substitute vanilla flavoring?

Source: National Geographic: Beaver Butts Emit Goo Used for Vanilla Flavoring Beaver butts secrete a goo called castoreum, which the animals use to mark their territory. The U.S. Food and Drug ...
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Does eating birds' nests stimulate the regeneration of cells?

Edible bird's nests are believed to have high nutritional and medicinal value. This is why it can cost up to $4500 per pound. There are many vague claims about the benefits of eating birds' nests. ...
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Does low-calorie/ high-protein diet + fitness regime allow simultaneous muscle growth and fat loss?

Does eating less overall (but high protein), in conjunction with weight lifting (4 days a week), have the effect of inducing fat loss while growing muscle? On the CBC site it is claimed that a regime ...
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Does the cardboard box cost more than the corn in cornflakes?

In today's edition of CNN Student News (transcript), devoted to the topic "breakfast cereal", the following claim was made: Let`s start with the cereal itself. At its core, cereal is actually the ...
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Does the average American eat 7,000 animals during their lives?

USA Today reports that: The average person will chomp down on 7,000 animals during their lives, according to the Vegetarian Calculator. It breaks down to 11 cows, 27 pigs, 2,400 chickens, 80 ...
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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, ...