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Can avoiding certain foods reduce inflammation? (Gluten, sugar...)

Lots of articles and books claim from moderate (help reduce inflammation) to miraculous (cure or completely eliminate symptoms of autoimmune disorders) claims about doing strict diets that avoid ...
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Did a vegan dog live for 29 years?

According to PETA's "Meatless Meals for Dogs and Cats", One remarkable example is that of Bramble, a border collie whose vegan diet of rice, lentils, and organic vegetables contributed to a ...
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Does eating Okra cause male infertility?

Being a habitual eater of okra (also known as Ladies Fingers), I found myself shocked today to find that its consumption can allegedly cause male infertility: July 2017 article from Premium Times, ...
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Are today's vegetables so much nutrient poor compared to vegetables from many years ago? [duplicate]

On the web there is plenty of material like this one claiming that the vegetables we buy today are much less nutritious than vegetables from 40/70/100 years ago. 8 oranges today have the same ...
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Can Ayurvedic treatment reduce symptoms and needed anti-inflammatory medication in ulcerative colitis patients by more than 75%

I found a study on Research Gate titled Effects of Ayurvedic treatment on forty-three patients of ulcerative colitis This paper was originally published in An international quarterly journal of ...
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Does Vitamin D defiency increase the mortality of a covid infection 12 times?

This 2021 study "Pre-infection 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 levels and association with severity of COVID-19 illness" by Amiel A. Dror et al. reports: Of the 253 individuals with pre-infection VitD ...
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Have lab animals that live under a controlled diet become more obese over the last decades?

Julia Belluz writes in The obesity trend isn’t only affecting humans — chimps, pets, and lab rats are getting fatter too for Vox: We spend a lot of time talking about how fat one type of animal has ...
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Does a fetus taste the mother's food?

There seems to be two disconnected claims (1) whether or not babies can addicted to the nutrients they're exposed to, like an excess of fats., and (2) whether or not a fetus can taste things the ...
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Is drinking milk after ingesting persimmon dangerous?

I've heard growing up that you should not ingest persimmon and milk at the same time or ingest one right after the other. Is this true? See Quora Is it true after eating persimmon you should avoid ...
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Does eating almonds increase kidney stone risk?

The article Surprising side effects of eating too many almonds claims: Kidney stones can be a health issue one can face if too many almonds are consumed. Kidney stones are formed when there's a high ...
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Do pregnant women crave pickles?

In my friend group it is "common knowledge" that pregnant women eat pickles a lot and we sometimes joke that we saw someone's girlfriend eating pickles with the implied consequence that they ...
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Can defrosting vacuum-packed fish in its packaging cause botulism?

There are many warnings on the Internet about vacuum-sealed frozen fish thawed in its packaging potentially causing botulism: Why You Should Never Thaw Frozen Fish in Its Vacuum-Sealed Packaging ...
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Are berries allowed to be sold with 60% "mold count" in the United States?

According to "Scientific Criteria to Ensure Safe Food.", berries are allowed to be sold with 60% mold count: TABLE D-1: Food and Drug Administration Levels of Natural or Unavoidable Defects ...
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Can rebaudioside M (Reb M) be made through fermenting natural sugarcane?

According to Forbes, the new Amryis's Purecane product is produced is by fermenting sugarcane, But the Amyris scientists developed a unique method of making Reb-M using fermentation, the basic ...
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Is it safe to eat rotten meat?

We can read here: Meat can be eaten when it has gone off (i.e. green), but must be cooked absolutely thoroughly and never reheated. This is an old trick for living on recently dead animals (South ...
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Is wisdom tooth impaction causally linked to soft, processed foods?

In a book by an anthropologist at Ohio State, it is claimed that (1) third molar impactions dectupled after the Industrial Revolution, and (2) this was due to a new abundance of soft, processed food. ...
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Did New York City ever produce a salsa that competed against Pace Picante sauce? [closed]

In this historical reenactment you can see a bunch of folks' having a conversation about salsas. The conversation goes like this, Decent Texan> More Picante sauce. Creepy foreign looking guy> ...
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Does magnesium deficiency cause sugar cravings?

A number of websites claim that sugar cravings may be a sign of a magnesium deficiency. For example: Genesis Medical Scheme is one of many sites that carry an article that claims: Magnesium regulates ...
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Is eating watermelon after milk bad?

It’s a local “myth” here in Iran that eating watermelon and milk (or any fatty food in general) is bad (as in it can cause stomachache or a bloated stomach etc). How true is this? My web searches ...
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Is soybean oil the most hazardous oil? [closed]

The 2 minute video by Dr Berg states that soya oil is the most hazardous oil and most hazardous soya product. Does this also apy to raw soya oil in canned tun? https://www.google.com/search?q=Dr+berg+...
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Is slime mold eaten in Mexico as a dish called "feces of the moon"?

Various web sites make the claim that slime mold is eaten as a dish called "caca de luna" -- feces of the moon -- in Mexico. Sometimes the claim is attached to Fuligo septica, "dog ...
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Should you wash tuna cans before opening them?

My dad told us we need to wash tuna cans before opening them because canned food (at least tuna) is imported on ships and rats really like to "take a trip" on these ships, too. They touch ...
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Is eating and then going to sleep bad for health?

It is common to hear elderly in Portugal saying that dining and then going to sleep has a bad impact on one's health (apparently it is not only in Portugal). From a National Institute of Health ncbi....
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Do around 2 billion people eat insects regularly?

Just listening to the radio, there was again the claim that two billion people eat (daily) regularly insects. After having lived in a few parts of this world, I do not believe that anymore. Some ...
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Does Xylitol Need be Ingested to Reduce Tooth Decay?

In her book, Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye, Ellie Phillips DDS recommends wiping a baby's teeth with xylitol enriched baby wipes to reduce tooth decay: For added protection and to ensure your baby's ...
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Is it dangerous to give cow's milk to a baby before their first birthday?

There's a common belief that it's "dangerous" to give cow's milk to a baby before he or she is 12 months old. Numerous sites say to avoid giving cow's milk to babies under 12 months, however,...
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Does Milk Protect or Harm Your Teeth?

In the book Kiss Your Dentist Goodbye, Ellie Phillips DDS recommends ending each meal with a "tooth healthy" food such as milk or cheese which neutralizes acid loving bacteria that ...
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Are all Oreo-cookie ingredients listed in accordance with EU ingredient labelling regulations?

I have read in several places about the claim that Oreo cookies may be using titanium dioxide in their preparation. This additive, although widely used, has been recently under the suspicion of ...
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Is there scientific research on canine optimal nutrition [duplicate]

We have recently adopted a puppy and been looking into healthy diet for optimal health for her. I have been wondering for a while about any scientific evidence around dog diet and more specifically ...
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Is sitting on the floor for eating more beneficial for your health than sitting in a chair?

In India, where I am from, most of the people sit on the floor to eat their food. It is widely believed that sitting on the floor and eating is more beneficial than sitting in a chair or on a sofa. ...
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Does synthetic vitamin C contribute to the formation of genotoxins that can lead to cancer?

While researching Vitamin C supplements, I noticed dozens of people outraged about various companies slipping in "synthetic vitamin c" (ascorbic acid). From what I can tell this aversion ...
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Are sardines farmed?

I've been trying to find out if sardines are farmed or if they are all wild and are only fished. Most of the sources I find, like this page, say that they cannot be farmed: They are not farmed, as ...
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Can eating a few cherry pits lead to cyanide poisoning?

In 2017, a Serbian news station reported a UK man was hospitalized after eating cherry pits. [Google translated] Matthew Krim (28) was eating cherries and out of pure curiosity swallowed three along ...
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Is obesity causing diabetes and other illness, and not just correlated with?

According to the World Health Organisation website: (emphasis mine) What are common health consequences of overweight and obesity? Raised BMI is a major risk factor for noncommunicable diseases such ...
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When eating carbs, do sugary drinks reduce calorie consumption compared to diet drinks?

This recent report on Yahoo! Style claims that diet drinks may reduce the digestive system’s response to calorie intake leading to higher levels of snacking and higher calorie intake when diet drinks ...
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Is Pepsin from pigs being used for cheesemaking in the United States?

A comment on this blog reads as follows: Your information is INCORRECT. Following is an excerpt from a letter from KRAFT food. "Thank you very much for asking if Kraft cheese products ...
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Are pomegranate seeds edible? [closed]

My dad usually eats cherry seeds, which seemed dangerous to me, so I searched it online and indeed it can be dangerous. Today, I was about to eat a pomegranate but I wasn't sure if the seeds are ...
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Are vegetables, grains and fruit an important part of a healthy diet?

Western nutritionists recommend that a substantial part of a healthy diet include fruit, vegetables and grains. e.g. Nutrition Australia's Healthy Eating Pyramid (via Vuly): Click to enlarge. ...
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Do vacuum blenders preserve nutrients and flavour, and produce less foam?

Aldi Australia, a supermarket, recently stocked a vacuum blender - an appliance which blends food under lower pressure. On the packaging, there are a number of claims about the benefits of vacuum ...
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Does Allulose consumption interfere with ketosis on a ketogenic diet?

Allulose is a monosaccharide otherwise known as Psicose. I've been seeing a few claims [1][2][3] online that describe Allulose in extremely glowing terms, as well as pointing out that it has just ...
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Does blending fruit affect the fibre to make you hungry again faster?

This New York Times article makes the claim that: The fiber in whole fruit “acts as a net” to slow down the process by which the body turns sugar from food into blood sugar, Ms. Krieger said, and ...
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Does milk make your bones stronger?

It's a common notion that milk makes bones stronger; milk contains calcium and bones contain calcium. But obviously it's not the case that calcium ingested is immediately deposited into bones. In fact,...
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Do different sections of candy corn taste different?

Brach's candy corn is a popular confectionery in the USA around Halloween. It has three stripes of color. Some people claim that all three sections taste different: e.g. Thrillist conducted an ...
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Does microwaving food create particles that are not created when warming food by conventional means?

I was reading "Szlachetne Zdrowie" (No 7/2019) which is a Polish health magazine released by "Nasz Dziennik", which is a Catholic, very conservative newspaper of questionable quality. I read the ...
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Can gluten cause depression?

Yesterday, I read a really serious testimony of someone saying that, since they stopped eating gluten, they aren't depressed anymore. I did some digging and find several articles linking gluten to ...
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Does carrot juice cure cancer?

Ann Cameron, author of “Curing Cancer with Carrots”, claims that her cancer was cured by carrot juice, and recommends it as a treatment to others, as a potential substitute for chemotherapy. I ...
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Does animal protein consumption cause inflammation?

This article by Michael Greger, M.D. claims: We’ve known for 14 years that a single meal of meat, dairy, and eggs triggers an inflammatory reaction inside the body within hours of consumption. I'...
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Does sugar deplete enzymes, allowing partially digested protein into the blood, and triggering an immune response?

I've seen this identical statement quoted in several non-technical publications, without any citation other than the author. For instance: “Processed sugar is a major source of inflammation in the ...
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Does sunflower oil reduce LDL ("bad") cholesterol more than olive oil?

The Sun writes: FLOWER POWER Sunflower oil is ‘BETTER’ for your heart than olive oil – and it’s much cheaper FOR years, we've been told that olive oil is the healthiest oil to cook with and dress our ...
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Could we nourish an additional 3.5 billion people if we just ate the stuff we feed to animals?

Could we nourish an additional 3.5 billion people if we just ate the stuff we feed to animals? In a popular YouTube video titled "Why Meat is the Best Worst Thing in the World 🍔" by the channel ...
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