Questions tagged [nutrition]

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Are we eating too many carbs? And do we need to switch to the primal/paleo diet?

TL;DR Accepted knowledge is that high carb low fat diet is good. Paleo diet says opposite, the claims seem solid for the Paleo diet but I am still skeptical as Science seems to think that ...
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Can eating too much sugar cause diabetes?

I have frequently heard (even from diabetics) that diets high in sugar can cause (or at least contribute to) diabetes. Others have said it's a common misunderstanding, and there's no demonstrated ...
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Do these foods affect healing after getting a tattoo?

Where I live it is common knowledge that after getting a tattoo you should not eat certain types of food, e.g. seafood, chocolate, burgers. Apparently eating those foods will slow down the healing ...
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Is palm oil bad for health?

Lately, Russian TV and various internet sites have started a campaign against palm oil (Пальмовое масло). Here are some examples: Пальмовое масло: вредно или полезно? [Trans: Palm Oil: Harmful or ...
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Do colder temperatures increase our hunger?

I've heard this multiple times as an explanation to eating more in relation to being exposed to colder temperatures (restaurants that are colder, during the winter, etc.) but I have yet to be able to ...
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Can the GoBe devices measure your caloric intake?

Healbe had an IndieGoGo campaign for the GoBe which raised about a million dollars. Only GoBe precisely calculates calorie intake, burn, and metabolic rate during any activity, with no logging, ...
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Does drinking warm milk help people fall asleep and if so what is it about it that does?

I always thought drinking warm milk before going to bed helps one fall asleep. According to Dr.Oz's friend, it does Dr. Oz talked with a sleep expert who said warm milk will help you fall ...
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Did a ketogenic diet successfully treat epileptic seizures of a young girl?

This recent CBC News article: How a high-fat diet helped curb a Laval child's daily seizures claims a neurologist, Dr. Bradley Osterman changed the diet of a really young girl to treat her epileptic ...
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Organic food is worse for the environment because it requires more land than non-organic food

I've heard that organic crops and husbandry are worse for the environment than non-organic equivalents because in the absence of pesticides and fertilizers much more land is required for an organic ...
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Is salt “white death”?

Salt is sometimes known as "white death" due to the belief that an excess intake of salt can cause substantial damage to health. What evidence exists to support or contradict the idea that excess ...
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Does drinking distilled water remove needed minerals from your body?

Claim: Drinking distilled water can actually remove needed minerals from the body, due the lack of minerals in the water, and therefore do damage to the body. I have a hard time accepting this due ...
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Does washing vegetables remove nutrients?

There are many people who cook vegetables without washing them (before cutting) because they think it removes important nutrients. This claim is predominant in some Asian countries. Is that true?
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Does one out of every hundred peanuts produced end up in Peanut M&Ms?

This morning at 8:30 AM on the Power 96.1 radio station in Atlanta, Georgia, I heard a radio ad for M&M in which it was claimed that one out of every one hundred (1/100) peanuts ends up in Peanut ...
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Is drinking water during a meal bad for you?

I have heard that it will "wash away the nutrients", that it dilutes stomach acid and all kinds of things. Is this just an old-wives tale?
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Was slipping on a banana peel an actual danger in the early 20th century?

A common slapstick trope is slipping on a banana peel, however the Mythbusters and others have shown that banana peels aren't as slippery as comedy would have you believe. On the other hand, there ...
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Is it illegal in Germany to waste food at a restaurant?

This post on LinkedIn Pulse purports a tweet from Mr. Ratan Tata - a well-known Indian of diverse interests. The tweet references an undated incident at an unnamed restaurant in Hamburg, Germany. The ...
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Are cornflakes more toxic to rats than cardboard?

I've seen articles on different sites which describe experiment on rats. One group of rats was fed corn flakes, another one - cardboard box of those flakes. The corn flakes group died first. E.g. ...
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Is the Hindu deity Ganesha considered vegetarian by Hindus?

In Meat and Livestock Australia criticised for advert of vegetarian Hindu God Ganesha, it's claimed that the Hindu deity Ganesha is regarded as vegetarian: Indian Society of Western Australia ...
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Does an “apple a day keep the doctor away”?

Is there anything special about apples that gives them particular health benefits to justify this statement we all know from childhood? Specifically: Is eating an apple more healthy than any ...
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Does a typical human on a western diet have undigested protein stuck in their body from years of eating certain foods?

Last night I watched the movie Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. The movie followed two unhealthy people who suffered from a chronic disease on their juice fasts and subsequent lifestyle changes. Their ...
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Does the average human eat their own body weight in food every month?

I read this comic: xkcd: The Race (Part 3), and felt the urge to shout "Cite your references!". Is it true? Does the average human consume their body weight in food in just over a month?
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Are cheap scallops made from flounders or stingrays?

Jaws the book (1974) claimed that if you use a cookie cutter to punch holes from flounder wings, you can create fake scallops and that these are commonly sold in restaurants: 'I was just looking at ...
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Is it true that desert animals can drink seawater? [closed]

In physiology books (Medical Physiology - Guyton and Hall) one studies that according to renal capacity features, some desert animals are capable of drinking seawater. Is this also true in practice? ...
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What health impacts, if any, does consuming a large number of eggs each day have?

A couple months ago, I consumed around 8 eggs a day for several months. This was largely based on research from the Paleo Diet arguing that saturated fats and cholesterol wasn't nearly as bad for you ...
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Is cancer linked to having an acidic body?

There a lot of differing views reports on pH levels and cancer. Some say that cancer only grows in acidic bodies. Some say that an alkaline body can prevent or cure cancer. Many others disagree ...
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Is tequila a probiotic?

This viral video on Facebook, with 31 million views, claims that tequila is a probiotic, enhances insulin production, and helps potentiate certain medications. Is there any truth to this?
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Does significant consumption of French fries double your chance of death?

A report on an Australian news site claims that: Eight-year study finds heavy French fry eaters have ‘double’ the chance of death The report quotes some of the details of the research: On ...
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Is mustard oil dangerous for human consumption?

I see warnings of the erucic acid contained in mustard oil, e.g. 15 amazing facts and uses of mustard oil (Times of India): According to celebrity nutritionist Sandhya Gugnani, "There was a myth ...
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Did almost all tilapia sold in US undergo sex change?

Taken from this report: How Tilapia is a More Unhealthy Food Than Bacon. They've Had a Sex Change Virtually all tilapia sold in American supermarkets has undergone a sex change–the result of ...
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Does Tilapia have a greater inflammatory potential than bacon?

From: http://www.eatthis.com/tilapia-is-worse-than-bacon While most health experts agree we should be eating more fish (for all the reasons listed above), this Eat This, Not That! research has ...
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Does eating slower make you lose weight?

It is commonly said that eating slower will reduce your appetite. This site, for example, claims: Portion control & Overeating prevention. When you eat slowly it is definitely hard to overeat. ...
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Does your stomach shrink if you eat less?

I've heard people say this before; that eating less shrinks your stomach, making you desire less food in the future. When I looked it up online just now, the first few results conflict: Eating less ...
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Do 7% of adults in the United States believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows?

I found a recent post in 9gag that states: Did you know? 7% of American adults (17.3 million people) believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows. There's no source to their claim. Is there ...
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Is olive oil sold in supermarkets largely made from other oils?

This website claims to reveal 6 lies that the food industry supposedly tells. The last one (after scrolling down to the bottom of the page) states As crazy as it sounds, olive oil piracy is one of ...
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Does heating breast milk in a microwave oven destroy nutrients?

Related to this question but from nutritional point of view. Does microwave heating (not excessive) reduce human breast milk nutritional qualities? Especially compared to conventional stove heating....
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Is exclusive breastfeeding better than breast milk+formula, in developed countries?

I would like to know whether exclusive breastfeeding is shown to be better than a combination of breast milk and formula, in developed countries. The current advice of the World Health Organization (...
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Does drinking milk tea after drinking lemon tea make you sick? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does drinking milk and orange juice together cause digestion problems? Someone told me not to drinking milk tea after drinking lemon tea, or the reverse. He told me the milk ...
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Are milk and butter from grass-fed cows better for you?

Is there any evidence that grass fed milk and butter are better for you as claimed broadly in this Lacross Tribune article: New study shows evidence milk from grass-fed cows is healthier Cows that ...
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Is there any difference between milk from rBST treated cows and non-rBST treated cows?

I've seen the following sort of blurb on a lot of milk products, saying: "Our pledge: Milk comes from cows not treated with the rBST growth hormone" If they indicate this, does that mean there's ...
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Do hot peppers kill cancer?

While browsing Health.SE, I came across an answer that makes the following claim: A 2007 study by Nottingham University2 found that spicy foods can help kill cancer cells. Capsaicin, which is what ...
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Do the seeds from 20 apples contain a fatal dose of cyanide?

This Healthline article claims: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1-2 mg/kg is a fatal oral dose of cyanide for a 154 lbs. (70 kg) man. You would need to finely chew and ...
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Is drinking alcohol or coke, right after eating durian, deadly?

I heard that one shouldn't drink alcohol or coke right after eating durian, because this will cause death. Is this true?
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Does drinking juice help to remove toxins?

This article Colon Cleansing – 3 Recipes Creating a Buzz includes 4 (sic) recipes that "cleanse the colon" to "get rid of any sort of harmful toxins". Apple Juice High Fiber Colon Cleansing ...
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Does eating burnt toast neutralize ingested poison?

A doctor told me today that eating burnt toast along with tea is a remedy for poison. Apparently the burnt part of the toast acts like activated charcoal and adsorbs the poison you've ingested, and ...
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Is it healthier to heat your tea in the microwave?

The Independent has an article titled Heating cups of tea in microwave makes it healthier, says scientist. Does the research support this headline?
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Does eating greasy foods 'help soak up alcohol'?

I've heard that eating greasy foods while drinking or while hungover is good because it helps 'soak up the alcohol'. This is common advice it seems while drinking. Is there any truth to it?
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Is food handled in China but available in Australia less safe than food handled in Australia?

Recently, there's been an incident involving frozen berries handled in China spreading Hepatitis A in Australia. People are responding to this by arguing for better labeling of where food products ...
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Is alcohol for consumption tested for carbon-14 radioactivity to be considered legal?

I just viewed this interesting video about radioactive ethanol from plants as opposed to non-radioactive ethanol from crude oil. In it, the professor says he's heard it's illegal in the USA to sell ...
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Does Marmite improve the brain?

The British food spread Marmite is well known to polarise opinion (people either love or hate the taste with few people showing indifference). Wikipedia describes it as: ... the product is a sticky,...
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Do smaller albacore contain less mercury (by weight)?

I have a can of Wild Planet tuna, that says on the label: Research shows that smaller albacore, such as used by Wild Planet, contains less mercury than larger albacore. Their web-site has a FAQ ...