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Are chemically treated/heavy foods bad for you?

I hear a lot of people talk about how bad processed foods are for you, but I am having trouble finding supporting evidence. I can certainly understand that such foods are not healthy per se, but ...
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Are Instant Noodles bad for people's health?

I have often heard people saying that instant noodles are bad for our bodies, because they contain a wax coating and wax causes Cancer. First: do noodles contain a wax coating? Second: Is it true ...
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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 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 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 20% of Australian children think pasta comes from animals?

Prominently displayed on the front page of noted nutrition advocate Jamie Oliver's web page is the claim that "20% of Australian children think pasta comes from animals". A google search shows that ...
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Are “vanishing caloric density” and “designer sodium” real?

Michael Moss certainly claims a lot in his new book. I have only read an online article about it, and I'm highly suspicious of the claims made there, especially terms like "vanishing caloric density" ...
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Can a bomb calorimeter meaningfully measure food calories?

I was taught in school that nutritionists measure the calories in food with a bomb calorimeter. Dummies.com make the same claim: Nutrition scientists measure the number of calories in food by ...
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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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Do McDonald's burgers resist decomposing because it harms any life form that ingests it? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do McDonald's burgers have an unnaturally long lifespan? Its a recurring theme over a few years. http://www.occupymonsanto360.org/2012/02/06/why-mcdonalds-happy-meal-...
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Do McDonald's burgers have an unnaturally long lifespan?

The National Post article Zombie cheeseburger? McDonald’s patty, bun, cheese unchanged after one year sitting on kitchen counter features a cheeseburger that hasn't changed one year after being left ...
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Does a burger require an hour of jogging to burn off?

According to this site, one needs about 1 hour and 5 minutes to burn off the weight gain from a Big Mac. However, I've eaten about two Big Macs a night, with two similar sized meals during the day. ...
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Does celery help you lose weight?

I have often heard people say that celery will help weight loss because digesting it consumes more calories than is contained in celery itself. Is this true and, if so, is the weight loss significant?...
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Does eating just before sleeping cause nightmares?

In many cartoons and on Sesame Street there are many storylines where a character eats just before going to bed (usually pizza) and they end up having nightmares or very crazy vivid dreams. Normally ...
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Are there any proven benefits to ingesting wheatgrass?

I have read statements such as "Fifteen pounds of wheatgrass is equivalent to 350 pounds of the choicest vegetables", of which I am obviously skeptical. Are there any independent studies from ...
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Do Zerona laser treatments have any effect on fat reduction?

Zerona is a laser based non-invasive procedure that claims to reduce fat in targeted areas. They also appear to be FDA approved. However, I have seen claims that the FDA approval is not based on any ...
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Do not eat garlic in the evening

It's common to hear that garlic should be eaten in the morning and should not be eaten in the evening. Many people even use the following saying for garlic: Medicine in the morning, poison in the ...
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Is a short-term fast beneficial for maintaining good health and extending life expectancy?

This is claimed in Sweden's second-biggest newspaper. My translation: "I have started to short-term fast.[...] The reason is that lots of world leading scientists that study aging and the brain ...
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Do eggs have DHA? If yes, then how much on an average?

The egg nutrition website doesn't mention docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in its list of egg ingredients: http://www.eggnutritioncenter.org/egg-facts/nutrition-information-for-the-egg/ But, from: http://...
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Is eating Dry Milk (powdered milk) harmful?

My friend was making tea with dry milk, I asked to him to let me eat some dry milk (it is delicious) and he said that alone it is harmful. I searched for that and found this link, http://...
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Is eating meals at irregular times unhealthy?

Best Time to Eat Meals Skipping meals or eating meals on a random schedule can drain your body of energy I tend to eat whenever I feel like it. I pretty much ignore breakfast, lunch, and dinner ...
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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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Is there such a thing as an aphrodisiac?

Can the popular belief about some food items acting as aphrodisiacs be verified? The wikipedia article states that However, from a historical and scientific standpoint, the alleged results may have ...
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Can carbon in hair be proven to originate from corn?

I recently watched the film King Corn. The filmmakers had their hair tested to determine how much of the carbon originated from corn. They estimated that over 50% of the carbon in their hair was ...
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Does chicken soup helps fight the common cold more than other hot beverages?

I got the cold, and my mother who is a physician told me to drink lots of chicken soup as it helps relieve the symptoms of the disease. When I asked her if it really helps more than other hot ...
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Goat's milk as an anti-inflammatory?

I've been having this discussion with a friend. He has been suggesting that I try goat's milk as it would help with my stomach problems. After looking around, I found some claims about how goat's ...
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Does gliadin in wheat stimulate appetite to the point of obesity?

Dr William Davis claims that the protein gliadin in wheat (at least, strains grown since the '60s or so) stimulates appetite, leading to obesity. He has released a book on the topic, called Wheat ...
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Is brown sugar healthier than white sugar?

I've heard that before. The reasoning is, "White sugar is more 'processed' than brown sugar, so it's not as healthy." Is this true?
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Are carrots orange because the Dutch loved orange?

On the web, I find several unsourced claims that carrots are orange because the Dutch loved the colour. For example: http://www.nextnature.net/2009/08/why-are-carrots-orange-it-is-political/ ...
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Does the “Eatwell plate” cost £16.70 per week?

The "Eatwell Plate" is a broad dietary recommendation produced by the UK National Health Service. This article in The Guardian says that a diet based on the Eatwell plate could cost as little as £16....
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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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Is eating oranges at night bad for you?

I've always been told that eating oranges at night is bad for you. In fact there is a saying that suggests that you might die if you eat them at night: "Oranges in the morning are gold, afternoon ...
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Are diet sodas healthier than normal sodas? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is diet soda less healthful than regular soda? I've always assumed that diet drinks are indeed healthier than their counterparts (as that is what they're advertised for, they ...
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Is Soy bad for you?

The internet is full with stories about how soy contains phytoestrogenes, how the protein is actually not readily used by our bodies etc. I especially remember quite a long rant in Tim Ferriss's ...
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What's wrong with processed food?

Jamie Oliver always talks about how processed food is awful, and we should stop eating it. By processed food he means food which is pre-prepared and contains additives. He instead insists that food ...
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Are there any toxic or dangerous food pairings?

Are there any foods that are harmless when eaten alone yet are dangerous or toxic when eaten together with another otherwise innocuous food? There can obviously be problems if you combine acidic ...
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Does bread contain traces of alcohol?

Many times when the religious permisibility of alcohol is debated (especially in substances with small amounts of alcohol in it) people will claim that even bread has traces of alcohol. How valid is ...
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Can an extra internal refrigerator light increase the vitamin C content of fruit?

My wife yesterday bought a new refrigerator for our house. She choose a refrigerator which within the sales blurb has the following claim. 光波增鲜 生成5种仿自然光波,让采摘后的果蔬继续光合作用,叶绿素、VC含量比存放普通冰箱高30%以上。 ...
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Are blue eggs lower in cholesterol than other eggs?

I just bought some eggs from a local farmer in the same office building. She told me blue eggs were lower in cholesterol than other eggs so I bought them. The difference in price was 50¢, so it didn't ...
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Is a Full English Breakfast good for you?

I've generally read that a fry-up, AKA the Full English breakfast, comprised of bacon, sausages and fried bread, is full of trans-fats, and hence is bad for you. Some links: Why the great British ...
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Does celery have an effect on male sexual performance?

There's a popular belief that celery increases male sexual performance (some claim that it influences penis size, others that it increases semen count, or that it helps men maintain an erection for a ...
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Are raw button mushrooms unhealthy (especially carcinogenic)?

Information from the first website: "(...) They also have been found to have high levels of some antioxidant compounds that may help prevent some cancers. (...)" Information from the second website:...
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Do boiled potatoes have a higher glycemic index than baked?

I have found conflicting information on how different cooking methods affect the glycemic index (GI) of (white) potatoes and now I'm confused. My question is: does boiling potatoes lowers their GI ...
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Is there a correlation between diet and acne? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do oily foods have any effect on acne? Is there a correlation between diet and acne? I've always assumed there was, but I'm not sure of the source of my assumption. I ...
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Is carob healthier than chocolate?

It's not hard to find websites claiming carob is better for you than chocolate/cocoa. Many others that say there isn't a difference other than taste. The reasons I've heard against cocoa is that it's ...
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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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Genetically modified crops [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What risks exist with GMO, but not with selective breeding? I heard that one of the reasons that people oppose GM food is because GM crops when digested create a protein that ...
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Do Omega 3 fatty acids reduce inflammation?

There are some sites and people on the web that claim Omega 3 fatty acids reduce inflammation. One example: Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of ...
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Is a “beer belly” caused by drinking beer?

I spotted this BBC headline today: "Scientists say drinking beer will not lead to beer belly". I have always believed that there is a clear relationship between drinking beer and developing the so-...
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Can pumpkin/sunflower/flax/sesame/other seeds regulate hormones?

My wife has started using a technique using various seeds through various times to regulate hormone balance. Does this have any merit? Here's an example of using seeds as a supplement to regulate ...