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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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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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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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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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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 (diet) soda cause tooth decay?

I've often heard and read that soda causes tooth decay; most often the reason involves the sugars present in the soda being converted into acids which wear out the enamel. I'm curious if there is ...
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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 Finitro Forte Plus an effective treatment for arthritis?

This advertisement for a product says (French original, followed by my translation into English), Finitro Forte Plus montre des résultats surprenants dans le traitement de l'arthrite, de l'arthrose ...
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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 Spry Xylitol chewing gum reduce tooth decay?

Spry Xylitol Chewing Gum is "dentist recommended" (to reduce tooth decay) according to the label. It also recommends to use it "five times a day for better oral health". IMPROVES ...
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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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Is diet soda less healthy than regular soda?

The top 10 worst foods listed at planetgreen.com elects diet soda as the number one worst food/beverage, even worse than regular soda. However, I find it a little hard to believe, since the number of ...
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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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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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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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Can domestic cats be healthy as vegetarians?

I used to hear that dogs can be given vegetarian dog food, but that cats need meat. I'm not sure therefore how to interpret the following PETA claim about cats. Vegetarian Cats and Dogs If you have ...
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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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Does drinking while eating impair digestion?

I have read many blogs and forums that either say eating and drinking at the same time is safe, good for you or bad for you. No sources are ever cited on any of the sites. Does research exist to ...
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Does removing the seeds and pith from a chilli lessen the heat

Does removing the seeds from chilli actually reduce the heat? Is there any difference to just using less chilli? The claim: The seeds and flesh of the chilli can both be eaten, but cooking ...
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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 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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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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Does the ripeness of a banana have any effect on causing constipation?

In this Parenting SE question there seem to be two opposite claims made: A +7 answer claims that banana ripeness has no effect on constipation (I'm leaving aside the second, obvious claim that ...
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Will eating a lot of junk food shorten your life expectancy?

I just ate an entire medium pepperoni pizza for dinner and my roommate started lecturing me on how I'm gonna die in my 30s. Does eating fatty and sugary foods make your life any shorter?
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Do onions enhance immune system?

The claim that onions boost your immune system is pretty widely held. Examples: https://healthyeating.sfgate.com/onions-good-immune-system-3954.html https://web.archive.org/web/20191228185524/http://...
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Does garlic enhance immune system?

There's a widely held belief that garlic enhances immune system. I'll reuse the same links as my earlier "onion" question, but the purported mechanisms seem different, even if they are ...
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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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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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