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Are Vitamins ingested in natural food more effective than those ingested in supplements?

There was a comment in this question saying that he was dubious of claims of the Vitamin C benefits of eating an orange. My gut reaction was to respond that Vitamins taken in food are metabolized ...
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Is there a such thing as “starvation mode”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 6-meals-a-day strategy Often I hear claims that not eating enough calories will put your body in "starvation mode" and actually make you gain weight. Simply from an energy ...
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Does organic butter have more Omega-3 fat than conventional butter?

On their German website, Greenpeace makes the claim that organic (“Bio”) butter has more Omega-3 fat than conventional butter. As the website is German I don't cite directly. Their main claim seems ...
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Does eating chocolate make you high?

This page, as well as many others, says: Like other palatable sweet foods, consumption of chocolate triggers the release of endorphins, the body's endogenous opiates. Enhanced endorphin-release ...
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Should dairy products be consumed when having a fever?

I have always been told that when having a fever I shouldn't drink milk or consume dairy products as they would increase my temperature. Is this true?
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A question about chicken eggs, which ones are best?

The eggs from my own chickens are different to the ones they sell in the stores. They are much smaller, have a whiter shell, have less egg white, and the yolk is lighter yellow. They also taste ...
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Do artificial colours in food cause hyperactivity in children?

As someone who works with children, I frequently hear people say that giving children food with artificial colouring (or, sometimes, artificial sweeteners) causes them to be hyperactive, louder, or ...
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Do omega-3 fatty acids and fish oil improve concentration and cognitive ability?

In the UK, omega-3 has been a big fad, it seems. You can't seem to get away from products without it. I Although recently it has died down, it mainly stems back to a flawed study on schoolchildren. Is ...
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Does any U.S.-sold brand of “100% pure” fruit juice contain added HFCS?

The book Deep Nutrition makes the following claim: ... your "100 percent orange juice" is doped with corn syrup. (Some FDA officials suspect that many fruit juices claiming to be 100 percent ...
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Are Microwave Ovens Harmful? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can microwave ovens give you cancer? I was handed a leaflet today by a man in a bumble-bee costume. Here's an excerpt: Cook with Love. but without a Microwave Oven ln ...
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Are there better or worse days for ordering sushi as far as safety/fish quality?

I have seen and heard assorted conflicting advice as far as "don't order sushi on Monday"/"Best sushi is on Tuesday" etc... None of the multiple opinions matched in the details but all of them ...
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Is the 'glycogen restoration window' real?

Searching for glycogen restoration window returns a lot of results, saying that it's good to refuel within about 60 minutes of exercise. A different source says that you might as well just eat at ...
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Is each step in the food chain 10% efficient?

I remember learning in school many years ago that each level of the food chain is only about 10% efficient. So when an herbivore eats a plant, they get 10% of the energy that the plant had, and a ...
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Has there been a dramatic rise in food allergies?

There's been a lot of reports in the media that there's been a large rise in the number of allergy-related health problems over the past decade. Some reports claim that there has been a 265% increase ...
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Are artificial hormones in beef something to worry about?

I've been trying to research whether artificial hormones fed to beef cattle are harmful to the consumer, and just can't seem to find any source that I can rely on. There are a lot of people out there ...
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is High Fructose Corn Syrup linked to Cancer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How bitter is Robert Lustig's "Bitter Truth" about sugar? There seems to be some conflicting information about High Fructose Corn Syrup on the internet. Is there ...
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Are small and frequent meals better for health?

I have heard this argument time and again. Human race started off as hunters. At that time, finding food by hunting was not an easy task, and was not always successful. Couple this with the absence ...
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Was there ever a cannibalistic butcher/meat pie/restaurant… shop?

Has there ever been a real case of Sweeney Todd's (without the musical of course)? As it seems a really non cost effective way of running a shop, similar stories pop up in few different cultures (as ...
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Does spicy food have antibacterial traits?

In my area, it is widely believed that the popularity of spicy cuisine in Southern countries like Mexico can be attributed to its antibacterial traits; i.e. because it is otherwise difficult to ...
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Are food deserts a real phenomenon?

According to Wikipedia, a food desert is a low income area where people there cannot access high quality or nutritional food, due to either a lack of transportation or a lack of real grocery stores. ...
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Are low-salt diets effective?

According to the New York Times: A new study found that low-salt diets increase the risk of death from heart attacks and strokes and do not prevent high blood pressure. Should the general ...
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Do chocolate bars cause pimples?

My mother always told me "eating that chocolate bar will give you pimples." Is there any truth to the claim? I did find an article on about.com that verifies that this is a common myth, and suggests ...
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Can young children in the United States not identify common fruits and vegetables

On the television show Jame Oliver's Food Revolution there is a memorable scene, when he asks a Grade 1 class (I think) to identify common vegetable, such as potatoes, tomatoes, broccoli and radishes. ...
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“Feed a cold, starve a fever”?

Is there any truth behind this phrase? I was always skeptical and figured that the body needed energy from food to fight whatever illness it may have. I have even heard people say it in reverse: "...
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Do expired eggs float in water?

I was going back through the app that gave us the Wendy question, when I found this: Eggs sink in water when they are fresh and float when expired I also found this advice: Fresh eggs will ...
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Have Vegemite, Marmite and other yeast extracts been banned in Denmark?

Have Vegemite, Marmite and other yeast extracts been banned in Denmark? Background: I've heard this being claimed in the news, but there was a false report of it being banned in the United States ...
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Do longer shipping times and/or distances impact the nutritional content of produce?

I've read many articles listing the benefits of buying locally grown food and many of the benefits sound plausible. But today I read the following, which left my skepto-meter tingling (emphasis mine): ...
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Do things taste better if they contain nutrients that the body needs?

Is there any evidence for the theory that things taste better if they contain nutrients that the body needs? I had a banana this morning and it tasted great. Is that why?
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Are frozen vegetables typically healthier to buy and eat than fresh ones?

I've been told that frozen vegetables are frozen soon after harvest and as such don't get sprayed with as much preservatives. I'm also told fresh vegetables are sprayed with extra preservatives so ...
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Is “real ale” healthier than other beers?

Is "real ale", beer brewed from traditional ingredients (malted barley, hops water and yeast), matured by secondary fermentation in the container from which it is dispensed, and served without the use ...
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Do any diets work long term?

As I understand it, most dieters will regain the weight lost and then some more after each diet. What evidence is there to support diets rather than other forms of help?
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Is China buying up the worlds arable land

Is there any reliable evidence to suggest that China is buying large quantities of farming land in other countries? Furthermore is there any evidence if the above is true that the quantities they are ...
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Is sugar toxic? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How bitter is Robert Lustig's “Bitter Truth” about sugar? From the NY Times Article: Is sugar toxic? Robert Lusteg, a specialist on pediatric hormone ...
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Is carbonated water unhealthy?

I have a coworker who says that drinking soda leads to kidney problems. I did some Googling and while I found a lot of blogs and message board posts saying such, the only credible link I found was ...
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Is global economic production sufficient to feed, clothe and educate everyone?

Is there enough food produced annually to provide a subsistence diet for the entire population of Earth? (Bonus points for data involving shelter, clothing or education.) This question was inspired ...