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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 ...
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Is there high fructose corn syrup in almost every grocery product in America?

In the question How bitter is Robert Lustig's "Bitter Truth" about sugar?, one of the answers is claiming that there's High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) in most American grocery products: ...
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Are vegetables good for me?

From a young age, most people are told that vegetables are really good for you and you must eat them... But why? If I eat loads of vegetables for a week, and then the next week I eat nothing but ...
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Is lean finely textured beef (LFTB) or “pink slime” safe to eat?

Currently in the United States ground beef can be sold under the label "100% ground beef" as per the the USDA Food Standards and Labeling Policy Book (August 2005); however, there have been a number ...
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Is eating eggs bad for me?

I read yesterday that a single egg contains 70% of my daily cholesterol. I will frequently cook myself an omlette for lunch with 2-3 eggs. Is this unhealthy if I do it more than once a week?
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Are sucralose (“Splenda”) and all other chlorinated hydrocarbons toxic? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Long term effects of sucralose Is it true that sucralose is the only chlorinated hydrocarbon we eat and that chlorinated hydrocarbons are inherently toxic? (I realize the ...
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Does drinking milk as an adult cause calcium loss from bones? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does drinking milk lead to osteoporosis? The Save Our Bones claims that drinking milk is bad for your bones: the most surprising link is that not only do we barely absorb ...
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Grapefruit for weight loss?

There seem to be many people that claim grapefruit, in one form or another, helps dieters with weight loss. Is there any good academically-rigorous evidence to support any of these claims? Some of ...
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Do juicers preserve the nutritional quality of fruit and vegetables?

I heard that fruits and vegetable have much more vitamins when we eat them in normal way (biting) then when we use juicer and drink only the juice. Is it true that juice from fresh fruit and ...
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High Fructose Corn Syrup vs Cane Sugar (aka Battle of the Bulge)

There are recent ads from the Corn Sugar industry telling us that 'sugar is sugar'. While I appreciate the "natural" sugar of fruit juices vs refined sugar question - and its answer does touch on this ...
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Are inorganic materials in mineral water harmful?

After reading this article about if we even get our minerals from water, it ends with a feeling that drinking mineral water is actually unhealthy for you because it contains inorganic minerals that ...
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Does some apple juice contain dangerous amounts of arsenic?

Several news media (Fox News, Huffington Post and ABC News) reported about an episode of "The Dr. Oz Show" in which Dr. Oz stated that many apple juices contain dangerously high levels of arsenic. The ...
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Do harmful chemicals migrate from the container into the food if you microwave the food in a plastic container?

In a comment to the best answer to question 582, Muhd writes: "I would add that it is also unhealthy if you microwave in something that is not microwave safe as toxic chemicals could migrate into the ...
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Do soy beans and corn flakes decrease libido?

I have found several articles, claiming that soy beans and corn flakes have the effect of decreasing libido. M Lai's HowTo-Howto Blog Soy is very good for your health. However, if consumed too ...
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Are wine ratings consistent?

While there are some dimensions about wine taste that seem consistent across wine tasters and that can be scientifically measured, many of the dimensions and terminology used seem suspiciously ...
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Does a hot beverage cool you down in summer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is drinking hot water more beneficial during hot weather? There are many people who claim that they like to drink hot drinks during warm or hot weather, as it cools them down. ...
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Can a single cup of coffee help a person to wake up and be more focused?

There are many examples of people claiming they need their morning cup of coffee in order to be able to function at their normal level: NIC blog: Like many early morning risers, I need my morning ...
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Does chocolate prevent you from absorbing the calcium in milk?

I've heard that getting your children to drink chocolate milk so that they will get some milk somewhat defeats the purpose, as the chocolate prevents the calcium from being absorbed. Is this true?
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Does drinking coffee increase your chance of living longer?

A highly publicized study in the news this week has been used in a slew of articles to suggest that drinking several cups of coffee a day will extend your life. Coffee, caffeinated or decaffeinated,...
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Would eradicating hunger worldwide cost about 30 billion US dollars a year? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can we end poverty for $US175 billion per year? I have come across this claim several times. The Money required to eradicate hunger for everyone in the world has been ...
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Does boiling vegetables wash away important vitamins?

I recently heard that you should steam vegetables instead of boiling them, because boiling washes away the vitamins. Is this really true? Is there any scientific backing to this claim? Can you really ...
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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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Are fish addictive to cats?

Today I found an interesting article that claims that feeding fish to cat is not a good idea: Fish should be avoided, except for occasional use, for many reasons including: heavy metal ...
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Do apple seeds contain arsenic?

I've heard recently that apple seeds contain arsenic. Is this true? Should apples not be eaten then?
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Do dairy products and animal protein contribute to osteoporosis? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does drinking milk lead to osteoporosis? I heard that eating dairy products and other animal proteins contribute to osteoporosis due to the acid content in the food and how ...
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Is there any reason to use cold water over hot water for boiling?

I was always told that boiling cold water in a pot is better for you then boiling warm or hot water (from the sink). Is there any truth to this statement?
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Are Chia seeds a 'super-food'?

A recent BBC article extolled the virtues of Chia seeds. My skeptical alarm bells were ringing throughout, as nearly every source quoted had a commercial interest in selling chia seeds. In particular, ...
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Is the United States the country with the highest obesity rate? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is the United States the fattest country in the world? According to different sources and the media, the United States is well known for being the country with the highest ...
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Is decanting wine in a blender the same as in a decanter?

Is it true that putting wine in a blender for a few seconds (or using something like the Vinturi wine aerator) gives me the same result as putting the wine in a decanter for 1 or 2 hours as suggested ...
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Are trans fatty acids not essential and provide no known benefit to human health?

The Wikipedia page for margarine has an unsourced line: Unlike other dietary fats, trans fatty acids are not essential and provide no known benefit to human health. This seems like pretty bold ...
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Are plastics making us fat and giving us diabetes?

A recent widely reported news story (example report from the Independent) suggested that one explanation for the modern rise in obesity was not too much food or two little exercise but many of ...
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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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Can Sunny D turn you yellow?

A friend of mine was drinking a bottle of Sunny D today, and we got talking about the stories of people that had been turned "yellow" from drinking too much - I thought that it was just something made ...
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Is washing fruits/vegetables with water useful?

People tend to recommend washing (even just with water) fruits/vegetables before eating them for health reasons. Do we have evidence that washing fruits/vegetables with water reduce potential health ...
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Should juice be drunk slowly, to allow it to mix with saliva?

A meme about eating fruit did the rounds of the Internet in 2009-2010. It included this claim: If you drink the juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it mix with your ...
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Is monosodium glutamate (MSG) bad for you?

Anecdotal evidence blames the consumption of MSG for several symptoms such as headache, nausea, weakness, heart palpitations etc. Most migraine literature cites MSG as a potential trigger (example) ...
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Is decaffeinated coffee bad for health?

Apparently, some decaffeination processes (the "direct method", for example) use solvents or other chemicals that don't sound very healthy (dichloromethane "is the least toxic of the simple ...
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Long term effects of sucralose

I can't find any information about long-term negative effects of Sucralose consumption other than a very high toxicity level claimed by several studies. There is lots of speculation online about how ...
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Ammonia content of beef in USA

Is it true that 70% of ground beef found in the United States when sold is 30% by-weight ammonia (which is not on the label), and that the beef used is essentially only usable for pet food except for ...
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Do food additives (“E Number”) cause hyperactivity?

E numbers are number codes for food additives that are used in the European Union. Some of the substances are banned in some countries while still allowed in others - see E110, E122, E129, etc. Some ...
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Do saturated fats cause heart diseases? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are saturated fats unhealthy? Based on the answers posted on this earlier question and the recent video that I saw on youtube that claims that Fat does NOT cause heart ...
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Chickens that lay eggs twice a day

I have heard that chickens can actually lay multiple eggs in a single day. Is this possible? I know that leghorn hens usually lay eggs every 25 hours or so (for an annual total of about 280-320), ...
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Health effects of DDT contamination of coffee

Are coffee beans often contaminated with significant amount of DDT? And are those levels known to have any negative health effects?
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Is it better to obtain vitamins and minerals from food rather than by taking supplements?

It seems that a great debate rages about whether we all need to eat our 5 a day in order to maintain our health or whether it is conceivably cheaper, faster and easier to obtain necessary vitamins and ...
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Can a dead mouse sealed in a can of soda dissolve into a jelly-like substance in one year?

A soft-drink company argued in a "dead mouse in a can of soda" case that an intact body of a dead mouse is unlikely to be found inside a can of soda because the dead mouse would have been dissolved by ...
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Do maneaters exist?

Can an animal develop an affinity for manflesh? Would a tiger like human meat so strongly that it goes after humans?