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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 cooking with extra virgin olive oil cause cancer?

Many health websites suggest a substitute for cooking oil as olive pomace oil. Some also say that extra virgin olive oil can be used for cooking. I can't remember when but a newspaper featured that ...
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Does Australia label GMO foods?

From a facebook photo What Labeling of US food looks like in Australia... Raw for beauty blog The picture contains a purported list of ingredients for frosting in Australia: INGREDIENTS: SUGAR, ...
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Are there harmful levels of mercury in High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)?

Are there harmful levels of mercury in High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)? I was first alerted by this article which claims: She was then promptly shipped a big vat of HFCS that was used as part of ...
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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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Does eating sugar feed yeast in the gut?

My understanding is that yeast (esp. candida) lives in digestive systems of most people. I was recently introduced to the concept of "candida overgrowth". My pseudoscience detector quickly alerted me ...
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Can you die from eating chili peppers?

I have heard that you can die from eating too hot or too many chili peppers (see here). Is this even theoretically possible? How much peppers would you have to eat to be in any danger?
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Can artificial sweeteners make you gain weight?

For the last five decades, diet soda has been a given for anyone on a diet who wants to drink something other than water. This because instead of it containing large quantities of sugar it had ...
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Are eggs more likely to contain salmonella in the yolk than the white?

Eggsafety.org states Researchers say that, if present, most bacteria is usually in the yolk. Similar statements are made on other egg-related websites. For example, safeeggs.com states Any ...
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Does parsley improve bad breath?

This Livestrong article - Does Parsley Help With Bad Breath? suggests that parsley can improve bad breath. The article suggests that bad breath is caused often by poor oral hygiene, allowing ...
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What is the best way to sit while having food?

I have read various claims regarding the best position to eat: sitting on the floor, sitting on a chair, standing, etc. For example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eating: Eating while sitting on ...
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Does eating soy affect men's virility?

Several sources claim that eating soy has an effect on estrogen levels (for example, Livestrong, American Cancer Society and sfgate). Some sources go further and say eating soy affects men's sex-...
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Do scientists use monosodium-glutamate (MSG) to fatten lab mice/rats?

I recently came across a video (that is anti-MSG) that made the claim that scientist use MSG to fatten lab rats/mice. I can't seem to find any source for this information. I can find examples of ...
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Does chicken meat from the US contain arsenic?

Facebook brought this Minds.com article to my attention: After years of sweeping the issue under the rug and hoping no one would notice, the FDA has now finally admitted that chicken meat sold in ...
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Is Halal meat healthier to consume?

Traditionally, Muslims only eat meat that has been slaughtered and prepared according to the rules of Halal. Some people claim that leads to meat that is healthier to eat. Halal for Health Halal ...
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Is Genetically Modified food safe to consume?

What's the truth surrounding the popular idea that genetically modified food is dangerous to consume? There's entire websites and institutions dedicated to popularizing the alleged dangers of eating ...
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Is it harmful to eat microwave heated food on daily basis? [duplicate]

My physics teacher used to tell us stories about how food becomes dangerous because of distorted cells in microwaved materials, which in turn may cause cancer. But he wasn't very detailed about it, ...
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Do Monsanto GM foods cause gluten-related illnesses?

In a newly released video by RT they claim that "Future Epidemic? Monsanto GM foods cause gluten-related illnesses" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyV001qX2i4 18 million of Americans suffer from ...
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Is this tapeworm diet ad real?

There's an ad I've seen several times about the internet, advertising tape worms for use in dieting. This image can easily be found googling "tapeworm diet ad". Snopes asserts uncertainty as to ...
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Does the alcohol content of drinks make you fat?

One of the many arguments used to try and persuade us to drink less is that the calorific content of alcohol contributes to obesity. For example, this article from the UK NHS Choices website argues, ...
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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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Do alcoholic “digestives” help digestion?

Do alcoholic digestives (e.g. grappa, limoncello, sambuca) really help digestion after a heavy meal?
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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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Is peanut butter good for removing gum?

It seems to be common knowledge that using peanut butter is good for removing chewing gum from hair or the bottoms of shoes. Is this true? Some sources: One Two Three
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Is sea water suitable for human consumption?

Some relatives of mine think that drinking sea water is good for health, but I highly doubt it. They claim that drinking small amounts of sea water daily helps people to be healthier (reference ...
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Do we need “hot” breakfast food?

In Russia, a commonly accepted "brosience" fact was that people (or at least children) should eat hot types of food for breakfast (e.g. that oatmeal or fried eggs are better than a sandwich or cereal)....
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Does Japan export food that is unsafe to eat in Japan?

This claim states that some of the foodstuff that leaves Japan is deemed unsafe there because of the radioactivity levels, and is exported to places with more lax restrictions, like the United States.
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Does KFC serve chicken?

There are rumors that the meat KFC serves is not permitted to be labelled as chicken. Kentucky Fried Chicken has become KFC. Does anybody know why? We thought the real reason was because of the "...
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Is margarine healthier for you than butter?

An article at MayoClinic by an R.D. says: Margarine usually tops butter when it comes to heart health. [...] So skip the stick and opt for soft or liquid margarine instead. The American Heart ...
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How many almonds does it take to get cyanide poisoning?

I was at lunch today and the conversation turned to almonds and their cyanide content. One co-worker said almonds contain a lot of cyancide and the number of almonds that can kill you surprisingly low....
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Are green potatoes unhealthy to eat?

I have been told that green (unripe) potatoes are poisonous and that this is "common knowledge". I doubt there are any chemical properties in these potatoes that could cause any harm. AFAIK, potatoes ...
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Do sunflower seeds (especially unhulled) increase appendicitis risk?

It was a common claim when I grew up that eating a lot of sunflower seeds (most versions of the claim were specific to unhulled seeds) increase appendicitis risk or assuredly cause appendicitis (in ...
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Is a lack of breakfast the #1 brain damaging habit?

I came across the following list. "Top 10 biggest brain damaging habits". Although they're all interesting "food" for skepticism, I will focus on #1, because I find this a peculiar claim. Some other ...
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Does pregnancy food influence a child's future food preference?

Some sites claim that food eaten during pregnancy influences a child's future food preferences. Research suggests babies born to mothers who eat lots of vegetables during pregnancy and/or while ...
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Are chickens fed arsenic?

A post on Buzzfeed recently claimed that chicken feed has arsenic added to it: Used in some chicken feed to make meat appear pinker and fresher, arsenic is poison, which will kill you if you ingest ...
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Can Broccoli stop or slow Osteoarthritis?

BBC News has been running a story on how Broccoli can slow or stop osteoarthritis: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-23847632 Eating lots of broccoli may slow down and even prevent osteoarthritis, ...
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Can you “reset” your taste buds?

Is there any scientific evidence behind the assertion I see on diet websites and in books that restricting a food for a set period of time will allow your tastebuds to be more sensitive to it. For ...
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Has a meat substitute from human feces been developed in Japan?

A video and some news are spreading like wildfire on the internet about some artificial meat made from human feces. The summary from slashdot, for example, says Hold on to your hamburgers — ...
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Does bilberry improve eyesight?

There is a rumor that eating bilberries improves eyesight or, at least, helps to maintain it. Is it true?
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Is a vegetarian (vegan) diet more healthy?

According to Wikipedia, Vegetarians tend to have lower body mass index, lower levels of cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and less incidence of heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, renal ...
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Is Soylent a nutritionally complete shake?

Soylent is a "food substitute" - a shake including starches, vitamins, dietary fibre, minerals and more. Quoting from the Vice review at the Soylent financing campaign: Soylent contains all the ...
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Is there a metabolically superior diet?

With all of the fad diets, books, websites, etc dedicated to selling people on dieting "secrets" or even selling them the food under the guise of some sort of metabolic trick to "kickstart" your ...
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Does eel help relieve symptoms of summer fatigue?

In Japan, a traditional summer illness is natsubate, summer fatigue, and the traditional way of relieving symptoms is to eat eel for "stamina". Is there any science behind this tradition?
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Is storing food in opened tin cans dangerous?

The UK National Health Service advises: never put open cans in the fridge, as the metal may transfer to the can's contents – place the contents in a storage container or covered bowl instead. ...
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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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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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Does the combination of red wine and cheese cause bad dreams?

I have only anecdotal evidence to support the aforementioned claim: heard it from several people in my youth and believe to have experienced it myself, but that might be placebo. Some quick googling ...
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Does the Shangri-La diet work (according to its supposed mechanism)?

The Shangri-La diet method was arrived at by Seth Roberts, according to him, by self-experimentation. A quote from an article showering it with praise sums it up. Dr. Roberts’s Shangri-La Diet ...
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Can excessive intake of butter cause heart attacks at age 21?

Clearly fats increase the amount of cholesterol in our blood, which is a risk factor in heart attacks. On the other hand, cholesterol builds up over relatively long amounts of time. Is it possible to ...
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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 ...