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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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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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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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Can young children safely eat cooked mushrooms?

I'm told that young children (like, 1.5 years old) must not be allowed to eat mushrooms, even if they are sourced from a supermarket and properly cooked. The alleged reason is that they can't be ...
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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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Are live monkey brains a traditional cuisine?

There is a common belief/urban legend that there are some Asian peoples that eat brains of monkeys while they are still alive. A dish often attributed to China, monkey brains are also eaten in ...
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Does putting warm food in the refrigerator make it more likely to give you food poisoning than letting it cool off first and then refrigerating it?

My boss was arguing that this is true and that it's a well known fact amongst culinary professionals that you should never put hot food in the refrigerator (he used to be a baker and had restaurants ...
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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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Is it unhealthy to lick the lid of a yogurt cup?

I've heard that it's unhealthy to eat the yogurt that sticks to the lid because it contains aluminium. Scraping it off with a spoon is even worse than licking it. Is there any evidence that this is ...
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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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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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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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Who invented the chicken sandwich?

There's a US restaurant chain called Chick-Fil-A and their motto is "We didn't invent the chicken, just the chicken sandwich" If you dig deeper you find that they claim that what they really mean is ...
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Does eating carrots improve your eyesight?

A common belief in Sweden is that carrot improve your eyesight and I was told many times when I was little to eat carrots. Although anecdotaly I have perfect vision without carrot-gluttony. Is there ...
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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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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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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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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 briefly searing a steak on one side before flipping it over once “seal in the juices”?

As long as I can remember when people have fried steak, they have flipped it after the first say 20 seconds to sear it and "seal in the juices", then cooked the other side, then flipped it back to the ...
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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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Do bananas last 3 to 5 days longer if you wrap plastic around their stem?

SweetFunnyCool : Here is a simple and easy way to make your bananas last longer. All you have to do is wrap plastic around the stem. Banana stems release ethylene which causes ripening and by blocking ...
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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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Is eating fruits separately/on an empty stomach healthier?

There are some web-sites advocating that eating fruits separately to other foods is healthier. Mind Body Green When fruits are eaten alone, your stomach can more easily process all of the ...
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Does eating certain food types alter your body temperature?

Many articles claim that some foods will lower your body temperature, or prevent you overheating, and others will warm your body temperature. Some of the temperature-lowering claims are due to the ...
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Do you eat a certain number of spiders whilst you sleep?

Over the course of your life time, the average person eats X spider/insects/whatever whilst they are sleeping. X tends to vary according to who you ask. Is this just an urban legend?
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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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Are added nitrates and nitrites in our diet harmful?

It is widely claimed that meat-curing agents containing nitrates or nitrites are dangerous food additives. This site puts them in a top ten list of bad food and recommends avoiding cured meats, ...
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Is eating fish and drinking milk at the same time linked with skin disease?

I heard from several people that drinking milk or dairy products while eating fish can lead towards a special skin pigmentation disorders such as different skin color or bright spots on skin. I ...
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Is Fructose the #1 source of obesity in the United States today?

Not my belief but one I ran into over at health SE. Interested to see what data there is beyond my (and tyler's) findings. Argument for: https://health.stackexchange.com/a/7648/5266 -dead link ...