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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 ...
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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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Are a third of the proteins we consume dependent on synthetic fertilizer?

In July 1997, Vaclav Smil wrote an article in Scientific American on humankind's use of the Nitrogen Cycle (emphasis added): Synthetic fertilizers provide about 40 percent of all the nitrogen taken ...
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Do humans need high-protein foods?

Dr. John McDougall writes: People commonly believe: the more protein consumed the better. This faulty thinking dates back to the late 1800s, and was established without any real scientific ...
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Is “artifical” fructose any different from “natural” fructose? [closed]

A friend of mine (who previously studied Chemistry and then had a couple of Nutrition courses) claims that all the sugar that does not occur naturally in our food (eg: sugar in chocolate vs sugar in ...
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If Americans wasted less food, would it reduce hunger for the less fortunate? [closed]

I recently saw a billboard with "better ate than never", the phrase was new to me so I looked it up and found. Emphases mine: In addition to wasting precious resources, nearly all of the food ...
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Is food becoming less nutritious because of depletion of soil minerals and nutrients?

Over and over, I have heard and read claims that the soil growing much of the planet's crops is "depleted" and thus our foods do not have sufficient minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients. Five ...
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Does salt (or sodium) not make you thirsty?

This is from a Toronto MS thesis: High dietary sodium intake is hypothesized to increase food intake (FI), fluid intake and glycemic response. Two short-term randomized repeated-measures studies ...
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Is any special diet an effective treatment of autism?

Treatment Ratings for Autism claims that basically any special diet is an effective treatment of autism. Is this true? From the study, The following data have been collected from the more than 27,...
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Did the myth of carrots improving eye sight begin as WWII propaganda?

I've often heard that the myth that eating carrots helps you see better at night (not to be confused with carrots helping with vitamin A deficiency) was started by the British in World War II, as ...
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Does eating nonsalty food with MSG make you thirsty?

Assume that you're thirsty after eating food that didn't taste salty while you were eating it. I know that MSG contains sodium. Quora posts and https://msgdish.com/msg-problems-and-answers/ still ...
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Is it true that “carbohydrates are of no use for the basal metabolic need”?

In this video (at 5:09 mark) Zoe Harcombe says the following: The body needs those basal metabolic calories in the form of fat, protein, vitamins, and minerals. And that's all it needs for those. ...
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Is bread bad for ducks?

This image has being going around (e.g. Facebook with a message attributed to The Friends of Bushy and Home Parks: Transcript: Please don't kill us with bread! Bread is actually a danger to ...
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Does the Idaho Potato Commission associate potato skins with healthy eating?

A person is suing TGI Friday's for false advertising regarding their bagged "Potato Skins" snacks. Part of the claim is that potato skins are associated with healthy eating, which makes the snack ...
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Does the chemical in mint raise your tongue's perceived freezing point?

A recent tweet from Twitter user @RipTideAC_ states (after editing): I just found out that, scientifically speaking, minty is just cold spicy. The chemical in minty things raises your tongue'...
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Are sports drinks more effective at hydrating athletes than water?

A FiveThirtyEight article, You Don’t Need Sports Drinks To Stay Hydrated challenges that sports drinks help prevent dehydration or increase exercise and performance better than water. It claims that ...
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Does non alcoholic beer have roughly the same alcohol as orange juice or a ripe banana contain at .5% alcohol?

On a post on the beer cartel about non-alcoholic beer in the post, it implies that non-alcoholic beer has roughly the same level of alcohol as freshly squeezed orange juice or ripe banana Alcohol-...
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Does Skippy chunky peanut butter contain trans fat?

According to their website, Skippy brand peanut butter does not contain trans fat. However, the current label for their chunky peanut butter contains the following ingredient in the listing: ...
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Did Jerry Rubin eat so many carrots he turned orange?

Did Jerry Rubin, the former Yippie leader eat so many carrots he turned orange? (I read that many years ago in an East Bay Express article.)
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Did the Mayo Clinic in the 1900s find 4-5 quarts (~4 litres) of raw milk a day to be healthy?

According to this claim by realmilk.com, THE MILK CURE: In the early 1900s, the Mayo Clinic administered the “Milk Cure,” which consisted in drinking 4-5 quarts of raw milk per day, obtaining ...
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Does drinking coffee interfere with magnesium absorption?

I heard often that coffee deplete magnesium in your body, both in ads for magnesium supplements, on so called "wellness" websites but also on some scientific papers. Some sources claim that it's ...
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Did the number of U.S. Food & Drug Administration food safety inspections fall from the 1972 to 2006?

Food Inc documentary claims that the number of FDA food safety inspections had fallen from 50,000 in 1972 to 9164 in 2006 and this information is also cited here. However, I cannot find any ...
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Does Honey Promote Tooth Decay or Prevent It?

Both honey and sugar are comprised of a combination of glucose and fructose. In sugar glucose and fructose are bound together to form sucrose while in honey glucose and fructose exist independently of ...
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Does Sipping Soda Through a Straw Prevent Tooth Decay?

It is well known that sugar causes tooth decay by feeding harmful bacteria in the mouth. An article on webmd states that "sipping soda through a straw may cut cavities": Using a straw when you ...
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Does this dog food double the lifespan of dogs?

Burt Ward -- 'Robin' from the 1960s Batman TV series -- has started a dog food company. In a recent promotional article, he claimed: "We've made a food where we have doubled and tripled the ...
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Do different colors of carrots have different health benefits?

According to Time, carrots have different benefits depending on their external colors, The nutrients: Carrots are jammed with a wealth of nutrients, and medium-sized sticks are only 25 calories. ...
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Does eating cucumber with tomato cause indigestion?

According to Elephant Journal, Ayurvedic practice avoids mixing eating tomato and cucumber together as they can disturb the agni (digestive fire) and imbalance the doshas (energy principles); ...
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Does boiling water with solid silver kill germs?

I was in China recently, and the tour guide mentioned that in some parts of China, the water quality is not good (due to pollution). To get around this problem, some locals used solid silver and ...
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Do lobsters get stoned with marijuana?

It's all over the news. A restaurateur from Maine wants to smoke lobsters with cannabis before boiling them to make their death more humane. The cynic in me says that she's smoking them for flavor ...
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Drinking 3 glasses of milk per day doubles a woman's chances of death?

From Can Drinking Too Much Milk Make Your Bones More Brittle? The study, conducted with over 60,000 women (age 39-74) and 45,000 men (age 45-79) found that too much milk – three or more glasses a ...
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Do plastics lower testosterone?

I've read articles online claiming food or liquids that come in contact with plastic and then are consumed, lowers testosterone. Articles I've read: https://www.webmd.com/men/news/20140814/common-...
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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 ...