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Is drinking tea after a meal unhealthy?

There is a popular belief that drinking tea shortly after meal can cause health problems and is also dangerous to anemic people. Drinking tea just after a meal restricts the body's absorption of ...
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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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Is Arsenic Essential to Life?

A website selling Himalayan Salt advertises: As a trace mineral, arsenic is a necessary part of healthy blood. Small amounts of arsenic are essential to life. Is this claim true?
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Are pomegranate seeds edible? [closed]

My dad usually eats cherry seeds, which seemed dangerous to me, so I searched it online and indeed it can be dangerous. Today, I was about to eat a pomegranate but I wasn't sure if the seeds are ...
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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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Are vegetables, grains and fruit an important part of a healthy diet?

Western nutritionists recommend that a substantial part of a healthy diet include fruit, vegetables and grains. e.g. Nutrition Australia's Healthy Eating Pyramid (via Vuly): Click to enlarge. ...
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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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Is CICO (calories in, calories out) a useful concept in diets?

An article at gnolls.org claims that there is no such thing as a calorie to our body, and our stomachs aren't steam engines and therefore the concept of calories and our way of measuring them is ...
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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 wife was ...
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Does Jenny Craig's weight loss program work?

Does the weight loss program from Jenny Craig Inc. work in helping people lose weight and keep it off? Borrowing the same criteria as in Does the Atkins diet work?: My question is, does this diet ...
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Is Jared Fogle's “Subway Diet” healthy?

Someone told me recently about the Jared Fogle story and his self-created “Subway Diet.” I didn't know about it since there were no Subway shops in my country at that time. Is/was this “Subway Diet” ...
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Does drinking distilled water remove needed minerals from your body?

Claim: Drinking distilled water can actually remove needed minerals from the body, due the lack of minerals in the water, and therefore do damage to the body. I have a hard time accepting this due ...
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Is a vegan diet nutritionally complete and suitable for babies?

We have a related question of a more general nature, but there has been a lot of talk in Italy on whether to disallow or otherwise restrict vegan diets to people who are below a certain age. This has ...
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Can anything be 'more hydrating than water'?

Some sports drinks, and even vegetables claim to be 'more hydrating than water'. What does this even mean? How is 'hydration' even measured? If I ate enough cucumbers could I survive without ever ...
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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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Are vegetarians more intelligent?

In a post titled Why Vegetarians Are More Intelligent than Meat Eaters, evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa claims: Among the British respondents in the National Child Development Study, ...
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Is Starbucks (et al) responsible for reduced calcium deficiencies

In Season 1, Episode 3 of the television series "True Blood", the following conversation takes place: Sookie: Marthaville’s gettin’ a Starbucks. Gran: I cannot for the life of me see why anybody ...
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Do antioxidants have health benefits?

I recently read an article on Yahoo (but have seen them other places) that claim antioxidants are very important and have health benefits. One article even talked about antioxidants ability to ...
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Are the vast majority of vegans Vitamin B12 deficient?

WebMD reports: In the July issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, German researchers tracked 174 apparently healthy people living in Germany and the Netherlands. They found that ...
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Is lactose intolerance an outdated diagnosis for discomfort after milk ingestion?

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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Does Allulose consumption interfere with ketosis on a ketogenic diet?

Allulose is a monosaccharide otherwise known as Psicose. I've been seeing a few claims [1][2][3] online that describe Allulose in extremely glowing terms, as well as pointing out that it has just ...
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Are cheap tea bags dangerous to your health due to high fluoride levels?

In: "Cheap tea bags contain frighteningly high fluoride levels: Study" on 'Natural News', it says: A new study published in the journal, Food Research International, has revealed that millions of ...
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Does blending fruit affect the fibre to make you hungry again faster?

This New York Times article makes the claim that: The fiber in whole fruit “acts as a net” to slow down the process by which the body turns sugar from food into blood sugar, Ms. Krieger said, and ...
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Is arthritis a symptom of boron-deficiency in the diet?

As shared on Facebook: Wake Up World: Arthritis Cure Found in Nature? This article claims that boron kills amoebae that cause rheumatoid arthritis. It also claims that areas of the world that have ...
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Does honey contain traces of alcohol?

This question is similar to the case of bread, but I am more skeptical with honey because of its properties somewhat resemble to an alcohol (being acidic and tangy on tongue). Relative source I ...
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Does drinking milk lead to osteoporosis?

The China Study authors state that: osteoporosis is linked to the consumption of animal protein because animal protein, unlike plant protein, increases the acidity of blood and tissues. They add ...
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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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Is diet soda making older people fat?

This article I read states that in adults over the age of 65 diet soda consumption triples waist circumference gain over people who did not consume diet sodas. Study: Diet Soda May Be Making You Fat: ...
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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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Is diet soda as bad for your teeth as regular soda or methamphetamine?

I've heard of many claims about soda water itself containing carbonic acid (as claimed by a teacher I had in high school) and having a generally high pH that's enough to destroy one's teeth. This ...
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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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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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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 support the ...
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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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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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Can Type I diabetes be cured with a raw food diet and exercise? [closed]

Sergei Boutenko is an author who promotes "wild edibles". He claims, at age 9, to have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Some time later, he started a raw food diet and regular exercise. One ...
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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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Does a high protein diet increase your risk for cancer?

The Daily Telegraph claims that "High-protein diet 'as bad for health as smoking'". Notable quotes: The risk is nearly as high as the danger of developing cancer by smoking 20 cigarettes each day. ...
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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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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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Can people tell the difference between sea salt and table salt in food?

Sea salt has been getting much more popular lately due to a perception that it tastes better than regular salt. Since it has negligible amounts of iodine, and tends to replace iodized salt in our diet,...
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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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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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Are fish oil capsules beneficial?

Page 28 of the February 2018 edition of Which? magazine says, (You don't need...) Fish oils such as Omega 3 capsules Unless you are advised to take these, you don't need to. Studies show that ...
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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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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 humans incapable of digesting gluten?

Recently this I09 article about wheat made the rounds and there was a part in it that stood out to me: According to Alessio Fasano, the Medical Director for The University of Maryland's Center ...
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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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