Questions tagged [nutrition]

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Is fish-flavored cat food bad/dangerous to a cat's health?

Our (two male) cats normally eat turkey and chicken flavoured canned wet cat food from our favorite cat food brand. However, we don't feed the cat's any other flavours which all contain fish, such as ...
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Does Milk in Black tea "completely abolish" all positive effects of the tea?

A few weeks ago my wife told me to drink only black tea with no milk, because she saw somewhere that milk cancels out the benefits of the tea. I did some googling and found this: "Black tea ...
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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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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 got ...
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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 norm ...
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Can a dead mouse sealed in a can of soda dissolve into a jelly-like substance in one year?

A soft-drink company argued in a "dead mouse in a can of soda" case that an intact body of a dead mouse is unlikely to be found inside a can of soda because the dead mouse would have been dissolved by ...
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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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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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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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Does an avocado ripen faster in a paper bag?

I've always heard that an avocado could ripen faster if put in a paper bag. These claims can be found in many places on the internet : The best way to ripen avocados How to ripen an avocado Here is ...
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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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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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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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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 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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Grapefruit for weight loss?

There seem to be many people that claim grapefruit, in one form or another, helps dieters with weight loss. Is there any good academically-rigorous evidence to support any of these claims? Some of ...
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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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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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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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Does Nutella contains subtances that destroy neurons?

I just read an article stating that Nutella was dangerous (and addictive). Terribly addicting indeed… but not surprising, because because the truth is that Nutella contains monosodium glutamate , ...
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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 same ...
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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 blowing on food cause stomach cancer?

I recently read a post saying that blowing on food is dangerous because it can cause "Stomach Cancer", and found on google some links like this one. I cannot find attendible references, and moreover ...
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Do ants feed on pure honey?

Honey vendors say that to identify pure honey drop a spoonful of honey. If the ants don't feed it is pure. For example: Leave a little of testing honey near some ants, if the ants hover around it ...
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Does fructose release a high number of oxygen radicals and damage cells?

I stumbled upon the following claim in the article "Fructose: the poison index" in the Guardian, written by Dr Robert Lustig. Fructose causes seven times as much cell damage as does glucose, ...
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Do some foods burn fat?

The nutritionist Dr Jonny Bowden claims that some foods inflate fat cells, while others shrink fat cells. His promotional material talks about most people suffering carbohydrate intolerance and that ...
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Does the "Eatwell plate" cost £16.70 per week?

The "Eatwell Plate" is a broad dietary recommendation produced by the UK National Health Service. This article in The Guardian says that a diet based on the Eatwell plate could cost as little as £16....
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Is the health risk of street food less than restaurant food?

From the government advertisements and common media it is common belief that street foods are much less safe than restaurant foods. Yet when reading about street foods in Wikipedia I came across this ...
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Are fish addictive to cats?

Today I found an interesting article that claims that feeding fish to cat is not a good idea: Fish should be avoided, except for occasional use, for many reasons including: heavy metal ...
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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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Does eating cheese help one to fall asleep or have a sound sleep?

Does eating cheese help one to fall asleep or have a sound sleep? According to Dr. Oz it does: Cheese and 100% whole grain crackers are your best bedtime-snack bet. The whole grains help produce ...
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Should juice be drunk slowly, to allow it to mix with saliva?

A meme about eating fruit did the rounds of the Internet in 2009-2010. It included this claim: If you drink the juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it mix with your ...
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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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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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Does artificial sweetener consumption by women reduce IVF effectiveness?

A recent news story in the media picked up a meme that seems to be already common in "natural food" circles. Diet fizzy drinks ‘could slash chances of getting pregnant during IVF’ The study ...
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Is a highly variable diet better than a steady one for human health?

Nicholas Nassem Taleb has argued that many systems become more robust when subjected to random shocks (a property he calls Antifragile in his book of that name). One of the systems he applies his ...
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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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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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Do not eat garlic in the evening

It's common to hear that garlic should be eaten in the morning and should not be eaten in the evening. Many people even use the following saying for garlic: Medicine in the morning, poison in the ...
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Is decanting wine in a blender the same as in a decanter?

Is it true that putting wine in a blender for a few seconds (or using something like the Vinturi wine aerator) gives me the same result as putting the wine in a decanter for 1 or 2 hours as suggested ...
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Is there any benefit to organic apple cider vinegar over processed apple cider vinegar?

This website makes the claim that raw organic apple cider vinegar (ACV) is better for the health than "clear" ACV. I've heard this claim made before in the realm of animal husbandry. Has anyone ...
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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 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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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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Does eating food cooked with a microwave reduce the haemoglobin count of the blood?

HealthyHolisticLiving writes in Facts About Microwave Ovens That Will Make You Never Want To Use One Again The blood samples from test subjects who had consumed microwaved foods demonstrated ...
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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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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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Does butter increase nutrient uptake of other foods, especially compared to using margarine?

This viral message listing supposed health benefits of butter over margarine (also the basis of previous questions about health impacts of trans fats and whether margarine is similar to plastic) makes ...
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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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