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Does produce lose much of its nutrients just a few days after harvest?

The Chicago Tribune has reported in 2013 that Most produce loses 30 percent of nutrients three days after harvest I've seen an ad a few times recently that says "Produce loses most of its ...
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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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Does scouring a stainless-steel pan cause it to release metals into food?

The cookbook "Let's Cook It Right", by Adelle Davis contains the following claim (on page 4 of at least one edition - I'm not sure which edition this is but it's likely from the late sixties ...
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Do harmful chemicals migrate from the container into the food if you microwave the food in a plastic container?

In a comment to the best answer to question 582, Muhd writes: "I would add that it is also unhealthy if you microwave in something that is not microwave safe as toxic chemicals could migrate into the ...
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Were giant liver flukes (Fascioloides magna) ever consumed by humans?

The Wikipedia article on Fascioloides magna (giant liver fluke) claims that the parasitic species was once consumed primarily in Wisconsin and to a lesser extent in other parts of North America: In ...
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Does Diet Coke “attack your teeth, switch on fat storage mode, cause addiction, and deplete nutrients”?

We recently had this question posted to Skeptics, Is this description of the processes which take place in the body for an hour after drinking Coca Cola accurate? now the author of the picture seen in ...
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Do garlic sprouts cause digestion problems due to sulfur content?

In many French-speaking websites or recipe books, it is claimed that the garlic sprout [the green shoot in the centre of a clove], while safe to eat, can be difficult to digest because of higher ...
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Does red meat increase the risk of heart disease?

Conventional common wisdom has been that red meat consumption increases the risk of developing heart disease. There are a lot of studies indicating this may be true, but there are also a lot of ...
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Could world hunger be ended for 40 billion USD per year?

The World Food Program USA claims that 345 million people around the world: are experiencing the most severe levels of hunger including starvation. These are the people the U.N. World Food Programme ...
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Does drinking after eating fruits cause a belly-ache?

As a child I was always told not to drink after eating lots of fruits, especially cherries, as it would supposedly cause a belly-ache. Not only I never dared to try drinking after eating cherries, I ...
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Does mixing watermelons with alcohol cause liver damage?

Recently there's been an influx of articles in Polish media warning against consuming alcohol and watermelons (titles via Google Translate): Never combine with alcohol. You can damage your liver ...
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Is drinking while standing unhealthy?

In Quora there is an answer that states: Scientifically, drinking while standing lets water hit the lower part of the esophagus strongly, & by time this leads to a dilation and relaxation of ...
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Is the diner slang in this scene real?

In an episode of Spongebob Squarepants, a character orders the following: I'll take a Double Triple Bossy Deluxe on a raft, 4x4 animal style, extra shingles with a shimmy and a squeeze, light axle ...
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Is capsaicin (found in chili peppers) an aphrodisiac?

Various web-sites claim that consuming capsaicin (the chemical found in chili peppers which makes them hot) has an aphrodisiac effect: From berries.com: Capsaicin is known to boost testosterone ...
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Do calorie charts in restaurants affect peoples' choice of foods?

I was reading Quora and came across this answer in my reader's digest. The question is What are some psychological facts that most people don't know? and the answer has ten items. The one that caught ...
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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 with warm water and lemon reduce tummy fat?

There is a common belief that one can reduce tummy fat by drinking honey and lemon juice mixed in warm water the first thing in the morning. This questionable website, for example, makes this claim ...
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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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Does the expression "breakfast is the most important meal of the day" come from a 1944 cereal marketing campaign?

Eric Brown writes in How Marketing Created the Most Important Meal of the Day: In 1944, a marketing campaign for Grape Nuts would be unleashed called “Eat a Good Breakfast — Do a Better Job”. During ...
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Did A&W customers think 1/3 pound burger patties weigh less than 1/4 pound ones?

This Facebook post by 9gag.com makes the claim that customers of A&W thought that A&W's 1/3 pound burgers weighed less than McDonald's 1/4 pound burgers, and preferred to buy the McDonald's ...
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Does the bulletproof diet work?

This diet is meant to be an updated version of the paleo diet, and it promises to give you killer abs with no exercise, eating 4,000+ KCal per day and sleeping 5 hours per night. It is also supposedly ...
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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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Does cooking eggs at high temperatures oxidise more fats than low temperatures?

Over the years, eggs have been vilified, then given a reprieve with regard to cholesterol, but when reading Srinivasan & Rose (2014), there is mention of lipid oxidation which can supposedly cause ...
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Am I drinking myself sick from the plastic in tea bags?

You’d probably be surprised to learn that most tea bags contain up to 25% plastic. ... says Green Child magazine, and thus A cup of tea contains ... plastic ... at 16 micrograms per cup... plastic ...
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Do mango seed kernels contain Vitamin B-12?

There are a lot of blog posts and video channels claiming that mango seed kernels contain a high level of vitamin B12. I could find only one academic paper that claimed this: Some nutrients and ...
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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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Does chamomile help you to relax?

What is the best evidence available relative to chamomile having relaxing effects? Some examples claims include: It is known for its relaxing and soothing properties It is a mild relaxant and, as ...
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Do "probiotics" have health benefits?

One of the only things that natural-food aficionados and food products mega-corporations agree on is that "probiotics" are good for you. I'm wondering if there is any reliable evidence to ...
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Is it unhealthy to reuse cooking oil?

I've heard that reusing cooking oil can be unhealthy. For example: Never re-use cooking oil once it has been exposed to heat. It is a recipe for trans fats and cancer-causing carcinogens. -Source ...
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Does nutrition explain why puberty starts earlier than it used to?

Sources such as The Baby Bond say that early puberty in girls may be caused by what they eat. Two factors proven responsible for precocious puberty are detached parenting and consumption of cow's ...
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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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Is sugar in fruit juice less likely to cause weight gain than refined sugar?

Refined sugar is regularly described as the root of all evil, while sugar in fruit juice slips under the net. I just noticed my 330ml juice has 33g of sugar in it. There are currently ...
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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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Is poisoning possible from preservative on orange zest?

I've heard that you can get poisoning from cakes that contain orange zest from the preservative sprayed on the outer surface of oranges before transportation from tropical countries to our shops. Is ...
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Does a high protein diet increase your risk for cancer?

The Daily Telegraph claimed that "High-protein diet 'as bad for health as smoking'": The risk is nearly as high as the danger of developing cancer by smoking 20 cigarettes each day. [...] ...
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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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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 food cooked in a microwave oven harmful for the health?

A colleague of mine just made a comment about cooking food in a microwave oven. According to him it is considered to be harmful to one's health. Is it true?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is soluble fiber a miracle dietary component?

I was out to breakfast with a friend today and he's started on the "Karen Hurd diet." I've heard of this dietitian before in my circles and several follow her like a savior. In fact, when my ...
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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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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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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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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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