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Use this tag for claims regarding the way we eat, and the effects eating has on our bodies.

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Is there any amount of safe meat, dairy, or other non-vegan foods? [on hold]

Someone I know has recently been reading a book that makes them want to follow a plant-based diet which excludes all non-vegan foods. The claim is that being vegan is, in absolute terms, healthier ...
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Does one SUV tank of ethanol “take as much grain as could feed a person for a whole year?”

From The Great Transition, (c)2014, by Lester R. Brown (preface, page xiii): [F]illing the tank of a large SUV one time with ethanol takes as much grain as could feed a person for a whole year. ...
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Is fat as bad as we are led to believe? [duplicate]

According to Fat is back: Rediscover the delights of lard, dripping and suet in The Independent (2009), the idea that eating a diet high in saturated fat clogs up the arteries and leads to heart ...
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Does vegetarian sweat smell better?

I've read this article online in a Belgian newspaper (in Dutch): Weet wat je zweet: deze 7 dingen wist je nog niet over zweten — HLN. Number 4 is saying that vegetarian sweat smells better then non ...
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Are most humans infected with parasites that water fasting can eliminate?

So this is a new one for me... I came across a jaw dropping niche of health-woo today. Apparently tens of thousands of people (if not more) believe that almost all humans are infected with parasites ...
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Is lactose intolerance an outdated diagnosis for discomfort after milk?

As a continuation of a question of most adults being lactose intolerant, the marketing of The a2 Milk Company in Australia House at SxSW 2018 suggested it may not be lactose-intolerance, after all, ...
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Do diets containing meat and milk cause a large proportion of breast cancer?

Kristi Funk is a breast cancer surgeon, famous (I assume) for treating Angelina Jolie and Sheryl Crow (I assume these are famous people). She has a new book to promote and has been doing publicity for ...
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Does Condensed Milk Contain Milk?

This may seem like an idiotic question, but Indonesians officials say that condensed milk does not contain milk. With no milk at all, sweetened condensed milk has managed to cheat those people who ...
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Is llama meat popular amongst Britain's gurkha communities?

In "Eating this exotic meat may seriously damage your health" (2013-06-16) The Independent claims: Although still relatively rare, llama is increasingly popular, especially among Britain’s gurkha ...
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Did Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling claim that vitamin C could cure HIV?

A BBC news article says, referring to Linus Pauling's book "How To Live Longer and Feel Better": In the book’s second edition, he added flu to the list of easy fixes. When HIV spread in the US ...
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Is oenology real? [closed]

I am French so oenology is obviously a big thing here. I then read from time to time that it is, generally speaking, a scam - "scam" being defined in various ways: that the influence of the context (...
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Does roasting coffee in small batches produce more/better flavor?

On a Caribou coffee cup I got today the sleeve says Roasted in small batches for larger-than-life flavor. Is there any evidence that roasting coffee in small batches produces more (or "better") ...
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Can Elderberries “beat the flu, prevent colds, and strengthen your immunity”?

According to http://realfarmacy.com/diy-flu-syrup/, "Elderberry Beats the Flu, Prevents Colds, and Strengthens Your Immunity." As with all dietary advice I find on the internet, I'm hesitant to ...
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Can canning tomatoes while menstruating spoil the tomatoes?

My wife was recently canning tomatoes, and her aunt asked if she was on her period because supposedly that will ruin the batch. Her grandmother is the one that taught her aunt, but neither of us had ...
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Were modern wheat varieties specifically selected because it was less nutritious?

I don't know if posting Twitter threads counts as a source, but this morning I saw this one on modern agriculture: https://twitter.com/wrathofgnon/status/955647499120726016 During the thread, it ...
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Is stevia detrimental to reproductive function?

Stevia is an artificial sweetener. Becky Plotner, ND, of the blog Nourishing Plot, writes: stevia shows to be detrimental on reproduction function and is used in South America as birth control. ...
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Do these foods affect healing after getting a tattoo?

Where I live it is common knowledge that after getting a tattoo you should not eat certain types of food, e.g. seafood, chocolate, burgers. Apparently eating those foods will slow down the healing ...
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Do colder temperatures increase our hunger?

I've heard this multiple times as an explanation to eating more in relation to being exposed to colder temperatures (restaurants that are colder, during the winter, etc.) but I have yet to be able to ...
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Did a ketogenic diet successfully treat epileptic seizures of a young girl?

This recent CBC News article: How a high-fat diet helped curb a Laval child's daily seizures claims a neurologist, Dr. Bradley Osterman changed the diet of a really young girl to treat her epileptic ...
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Was slipping on a banana peel an actual danger in the early 20th century?

A common slapstick trope is slipping on a banana peel, however the Mythbusters and others have shown that banana peels aren't as slippery as comedy would have you believe. On the other hand, there ...
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Are cornflakes more toxic to rats than cardboard?

I've seen articles on different sites which describe experiment on rats. One group of rats was fed corn flakes, another one - cardboard box of those flakes. The corn flakes group died first. E.g. ...
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Is the Hindu deity Ganesha considered vegetarian by Hindus?

In Meat and Livestock Australia criticised for advert of vegetarian Hindu God Ganesha, it's claimed that the Hindu deity Ganesha is regarded as vegetarian: Indian Society of Western Australia ...
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Are cheap scallops made from flounders or stingrays?

Jaws the book (1974) claimed that if you use a cookie cutter to punch holes from flounder wings, you can create fake scallops and that these are commonly sold in restaurants: 'I was just looking at ...
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Is it true that desert animals can drink seawater? [closed]

In physiology books (Medical Physiology - Guyton and Hall) one studies that according to renal capacity features, some desert animals are capable of drinking seawater. Is this also true in practice? ...
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Does consuming bone broth reduce or eliminate allergies?

A friend encouraged me to read Nourishing Broth: An Old-Fashioned Remedy for the Modern World (2014) by Sally Fallon Morell and Kaayla T. Daniel. She (my friend) said that over the last year, since ...
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Does significant consumption of French fries double your chance of death?

A report on an Australian news site claims that: Eight-year study finds heavy French fry eaters have ‘double’ the chance of death The report quotes some of the details of the research: On ...
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Is mustard oil dangerous for human consumption?

I see warnings of the erucic acid contained in mustard oil, e.g. 15 amazing facts and uses of mustard oil (Times of India): According to celebrity nutritionist Sandhya Gugnani, "There was a myth ...
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Did almost all tilapia sold in US undergo sex change?

Taken from this report: How Tilapia is a More Unhealthy Food Than Bacon. They've Had a Sex Change Virtually all tilapia sold in American supermarkets has undergone a sex change–the result of ...
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Does Tilapia have a greater inflammatory potential than bacon?

From: http://www.eatthis.com/tilapia-is-worse-than-bacon While most health experts agree we should be eating more fish (for all the reasons listed above), this Eat This, Not That! research has ...
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Is olive oil sold in supermarkets largely made from other oils?

This website claims to reveal 6 lies that the food industry supposedly tells. The last one (after scrolling down to the bottom of the page) states As crazy as it sounds, olive oil piracy is one of ...
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Do 7% of adults in the United States believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows?

I found a recent post in 9gag that states: Did you know? 7% of American adults (17.3 million people) believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows. There's no source to their claim. Is there ...
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Does drinking matcha tea improve cholesterol?

Matcha is a "stone-ground Japanese-style green tea". There have been many health claims associated with it. In particular, it is said to be good for cholesterol levels: For example: Noble House ...
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Do hot peppers kill cancer?

While browsing Health.SE, I came across an answer that makes the following claim: A 2007 study by Nottingham University2 found that spicy foods can help kill cancer cells. Capsaicin, which is what ...
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Do the seeds from 20 apples contain a fatal dose of cyanide?

This Healthline article claims: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1-2 mg/kg is a fatal oral dose of cyanide for a 154 lbs. (70 kg) man. You would need to finely chew and ...
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Is it healthier to heat your tea in the microwave?

The Independent has an article titled Heating cups of tea in microwave makes it healthier, says scientist. Does the research support this headline?
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Does eating burnt toast neutralize ingested poison?

A doctor told me today that eating burnt toast along with tea is a remedy for poison. Apparently the burnt part of the toast acts like activated charcoal and adsorbs the poison you've ingested, and ...
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Does Marmite improve the brain?

The British food spread Marmite is well known to polarise opinion (people either love or hate the taste with few people showing indifference). Wikipedia describes it as: ... the product is a sticky,...
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How true are the claims about the dairy industry in this poster? [closed]

I came across the following image via social media. It depicts a poster placed in the window of a British cafe. The text of the poster reads: This Is Why We're Ditching Dairy... In celebration ...
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Do smaller albacore contain less mercury (by weight)?

I have a can of Wild Planet tuna, that says on the label: Research shows that smaller albacore, such as used by Wild Planet, contains less mercury than larger albacore. Their web-site has a FAQ ...
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Are GMOs a threat to bee populations? [closed]

An image is making the rounds on some Facebook groups: It appears to have originated from an anti-GMO website. Although the image is making multiple claims, there is an implied claim that GMOs are ...
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Does US governmental advocacy of drinking milk harm African-Americans?

According to a California State University article Milk new symbol of hate?: ... The federal endorsement of milk in American diets contributes to the problem by uncritically pushing people to ...
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Did the Dalai Lama cause Mongolians to significantly reduce their alcohol consumption?

In an interview with John Oliver in S04E04 of Last Week Tonight there's the exchange: Dalai Lama: One of my previous visits in Mongolia, they drank a lot of Vodka [...] I suggested: Drink much ...
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Should you chew your food 50 times?

I have heard my entire life you should focus on chewing your food at least 50 times. The saliva in your mouth supposedly sends signals to the brain that prepare acids in your stomach in advance, and ...
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Are milk and butter from grass-fed cows better for you?

Is there any evidence that grass fed milk and butter are better for you as claimed broadly in this Lacross Tribune article: New study shows evidence milk from grass-fed cows is healthier Cows that ...
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Did Elvis consume 100,000 calories a day at the end of his life?

This ABC Science article by Dr Karl S. Kruszelnicki claims Before he died, Elvis was eating about 100,000 calories per day! ... The basic element of Elvis' daily food intake was a 30-cm long ...
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Do people who swap sugary sodas for diet sodas lose weight?

A recent article in The Guardian, "No evidence sugar-free soft drinks aid weight loss – study", challenges the effectiveness of diet drinks and argues: Soft drinks made with artificial sweeteners, ...
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Does eating pork increase promiscuity?

According to the book Pork (alternative pdf version): People who use pork are gradually influenced by its inherent sensuality; and when this trend influences the minds, shamelessness becomes the ...
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Is MSG excitotoxic?

Popular YouTuber Alex Jones claims (in a YouTube video with nearly 1M views) that MSG is an excitotoxin and harms the brain and liver. I haven't even had time to get into MSG. I mean, I've ...
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Are human fetal cells used to produce Pepsi?

A friend just came over and apparently Pepsi is made from people. Or, more specifically: The aborted human fetal cell line is known as “HEK-293,” and it is used to see how the human palate will ...
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Is tequila a probiotic?

This viral video on Facebook, with 31 million views, claims that tequila is a probiotic, enhances insulin production, and helps potentiate certain medications. Is there any truth to this?