Questions tagged [nutrition]

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Is fish-flavored cat food bad/dangerous to a cat's health?

Our (two male) cats normally eat turkey and chicken flavoured canned wet cat food from our favorite cat food brand. However, we don't feed the cat's any other flavours which all contain fish, such as ...
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Are heart attacks due to Vitamin C deficiency?

According to this book description Matthias Rath, M.D., an internationally respected cardiovascular researcher, asserts that high cholesterol is not the actual cause of heart disease. Bears, ...
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Does Charles Shaw wine contain animal blood & feces?

A post by Chris Knox on Quora was quoted on Gothamist, talking about Charles Shaw wine (aka "Two Buck Chuck"), says: "And it not only grabs ripe grapes, but unripe and down right rotten ones as ...
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Do ants feed on pure honey?

Honey vendors say that to identify pure honey drop a spoonful of honey. If the ants don't feed it is pure. For example: Leave a little of testing honey near some ants, if the ants hover around it ...
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Did SF grocery bag ban cause at least an additional 5.4 deaths a year due to bacteria in reusable grocery bags?

The paper Grocery Bag Bans and Foodborne Illness (Klick & Wright, 2012) claims that Our results suggest that the San Francisco ban led to between 5.4 and 15.8 additional deaths. The logic ...
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Is it cheaper to eat fast food?

I sometimes see claims that poor people become obese and develop "lifestyle diseases" (heart disease, diabetes, etc) because they cannot afford healthy food and are forced to eat fast food. Logically,...
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Do onions enhance immune system?

The claim that onions boost your immune system is pretty widely held. Examples: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/onions-good-immune-system-3954.html http://healthfree.com/blog/blog/5-natural-foods-to-...
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Has a famine ever taken place in a functioning democracy?

Nobel winning economist, Amartya Sen has said: "No famine has ever taken place in the history of the world in a functioning democracy," he wrote in "Democracy as Freedom" (Anchor, 1999) Source:...
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Do artificial sweeteners trigger insulin releases?

Various articles suggest that artificial sweeteners cause the body to respond with an increased insulin release, which may be associated with diabetes. Huffington Post Researchers found that ...
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Does chocolate have caffeine?

Chocolate doesn't have caffeine according to this Snopes thread. Wikipedia stated that chocolate has it: [Cocoa solids] also contain alkaloids such as theobromine, phenethylamine and caffeine. ...
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Does heavy alcoholism prevent atherosclerosis?

I’ve heard this claim from several people in Ukraine: people who die of alcoholism tend to have little trace of atherosclerosis (fatty deposits which lead to heart attacks and strokes) in their veins. ...
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Do fish oil or omega-3 fatty acids increase the risk of cancer?

A retrospective study came out that found a correlation between increased blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids and increased incidence of prostate cancer. The skeptical responses I've seen come from ...
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Does the fasting two times a week diet (the 5:2 diet) provide health benefits?

There is a diet called "fasting two times a week diet" or "the 5:2 diet". You eat only 25% of your normal intake two times per week, and the rest of the week you eat extra to make ...
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Can you get addicted to cheese?

In the documentary "Super Size Me" an interviewee of Morgan Spurlock says: If you look at the menu at a fast food restaurant, they use all of the addicting components. They'll take a slab of ...
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Is it a healthy habit to walk after having food?

Particularly after lunch, I feel a bit sleepy and I love to take a nap. But many of my friends insist that I take a bit of a walk after my lunch. They recommend it as a healthy habit that helps with ...
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Does regular self-induced vomiting provide any health benefit?

Yoga International provided an acquittance with a cleansing technique dubbed upper wash where the healthy subject is to voluntarily vomit in order to clean their body from toxins: http://...
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Is the microwave bad for heating baby food? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is food cooked in a microwave oven considered harmful for the health? I am well aware that there are concerns about "hot spots" (small areas which are hotter than others ...
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Is it possible to influence the sex of a baby by controlling the mothers' diet?

Can a mother decide whether a baby will be born male or female through careful control of her diet?
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Is water or tea dangerous for young infants?

Is there evidence that introducing liquids (tea, boiled water) to infants earlier than 6-months' old damages their health? At Circle of Moms, I read an answer to a question about feeding a 1-month ...
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Does breastfeeding affect the risk of Adult Onset Allergies

A radio program over the weekend had a doctor who stated that people who were breast fed as babies were at a greatly reduced risk of adult onset allergies and that the vast majority of patients she ...
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Are some burgers in Japan made from human excrement? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Has a meat substitute from human feces been developed in Japan? Please look at this video. Is there any evidence that this is real or fake?
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Did Ancel Keys disregard reliable data that did not fit his conclusion that saturated fat was a leading contributor to heart disease?

Ancel Keys in the 1950s published the famous Seven Countries Study, which tied saturated fat intake to heart disease (among other findings). Critics claim that he hand-picked data from countries to ...
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Drinking after eating fruits causing belly-ache?

As a child I was always told not to drink after eating lots of fruits, esp. cherries, as it would supposedly cause me belly-ache. I never dared to try it and I see this to be observed quite strictly ...
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Does the BRAT diet help stop diarrhea?

The BRAT diet is Bananas, Rice, Apples and Toast. Some sites like this first one add Yogurt. http://www.mademan.com/mm/5-foods-stop-diarrhea.html In this wikiHow, the A is applesauce and the ...
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Are saturated fats unhealthy?

I've been taught since I was a kid that eating fat is bad for my health. Later on, I found out that unsaturated fats (especially ones containing Omega-3 and Omega-6) are actually good for your health. ...
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Does eating a low yeast diet help control recurrent candida albicans (vaginal thrush)?

About.com and others (including a brochure from my GP) suggest eliminating all yeast products from the diet to help control candida vaginal thrush symptoms: Some alternative practitioners use ...
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Does eating white rice regularly increase the risk of diabetes?

I've heard it mentioned regularly that India and China are going through diabetes epidemics. The reason I am given is because of the raised standard of living means people are now eating large ...
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Can eating sugar result in addiction?

I am surprised to see this video on TED claiming that sugar can lead to addiction (differently from other kinds of food, for example broccoli). So, yes, over-consumption of sugar can have addictive ...
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Does eating high cholesterol foods impact cholesterol blood levels of 30% of population based on Web MD article?

This Web MD article suggests that 30% people are vulnerable to dietary cholesterol. Indeed, studies suggest that only about 30% of people are particularly susceptible to the effects of dietary ...
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Is Autism in Children frequently due to low Glutathione Levels?

GlutathioneForHealth: Autistic children have 50% less intracellular glutathione than other children), which is why they have so much trouble detoxifing vaccines, medications, environmental toxins, ...
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Is dietary cholesterol related to blood serum cholesterol?

I consume a lot of cholesterol. For three months straight, I consumed around 6-8 eggs a day with Feta cheese, and about a third of a gallon of milk each day. I got my cholesterol tested before and ...
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Is coconut oil better for your heart than typical vegetable oils?

A co-worker of mine is a born-again health nut, and I recently overheard him espousing to other co-workers that all their cooking should be done with coconut oil as it's full of "good" fats. Knowing ...
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Experimental proof that eating more causes weight gain via calories in minus calories out = weight gain formula [closed]

It sounds like a no-brainer that if you eat more you'll gain weight. Given that 1 kg of fat contains 8000 kcal of energy, you can estimate how much weight you'll gain if you eat more. But there are ...
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Does the “sugar high” exist at all?

I've heard numerous times that eating1 a high quantity of sugar will give you a "sugar high" or "sugar buzz" The high one gets after consuming large amounts of sugar. Also called a "sugar rush." ...
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Anti-inflammatory property of food

All over the internet we can see reference to anti-inflammatory diets and anti-inflammatory property of general food. Examples: Web MD Experts discuss the potential disease-fighting benefits of ...
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Does carrageenan cause gastrointestinal inflammation and higher rates of intestinal lesions, ulcerations, and even malignant tumors in humans?

I came across this article on how to avoid carrageenan on a friend's facebook post. The "article" starts with this statement: Carrageenan is a common food additive extracted from red ...
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Does eating trans fatty acids affect immune response?

A viral message about margarine (seen in Is margarine "one molecule away from plastic"? ) claims [Margarine] decreases immune response. truthorfiction.com (no link - I'm not sure if the ...
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Simply Raw: Can you reverse diabetes in 30 days by eating raw food?

The documentary "Simply Raw: Reversing diabetes in 30 days" claims that you can cure diabetes by following a diet of raw food, avoiding any processed "junk" food: Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in ...
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Is waiting until 6 months to introduce solids to babies better?

Lately I've been hearing a lot of people saying that the advice to start solids between 4-6 months is out of date. For example, KellyMom, a usually fairly respected parenting resource says: Health ...
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Does frequent tuna consumption pose a health risk?

PETA cite a story of boy who suffered from eating too much tuna: Tuna fish accumulate toxic mercury in their flesh as a result of industrial pollution, and the side effects of mercury poisoning ...
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Does garlic enhance immune system?

There's a widely held belief that garlic enhances immune system. I'll reuse the same links as my earlier "onion" question, but the purported mechanisms seem different, even if they are folded in the ...
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Does Red Bull Energy Drink contain sperm from a bull?

I heard this claim and burst into laughter assuming it was a joke, but the person said he was being serious. Is this true that Red Bull contains bull's sperm?
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Can vegetable oils, extracted from seeds, be shown to cause health problems? [closed]

There have been quite a few claims lately on the internet (though all look deceptively similar), that vegetable oils in general are bad for your health and that one should prefer oils which are not ...
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Who determines portion size in food? [closed]

I've always been a little skeptical that companies claim their food products have more servings so that they can reduce fat, cholesterol, or other numbers on the label. Do companies choose to label a ...
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Does raw cows' milk contain lactase?

Raw milk advocates seem to claim one of two things regarding the lactase enzyme (not to be confused with the lactose sugar): That raw milk contains lactase which is destroyed in the pasteurisation ...
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Do onions become toxic or otherwise dangerous within a day of a being cut open?

I saw a new "health advice" meme on Facebook today: Please remember it is dangerous to cut an onion and try to use it to cook the next day, it becomes highly poisonous for even a single night and ...
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Does eating grains cause alzheimer's?

Dr. David Perlmutter argues that grains are [the/a?] cause of Alzheimer's disease and brain degeneration in general. He says eating grains can lead to dementia, chronic headaches, depression, ...
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Can coconut oil promote weight loss by increasing metabolism?

Today, I expressed guilt for eating a large, coconut-based treat, not in keeping with a balanced diet (but quite delicious). I was assured by a friend that coconut oil isn't fattening. Natural News ...
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Can you deduce the quality of watermelons by tapping on them?

It is believed that by tapping on a watermelon and listening to the feedback sound, one can deduce whether the watermelon is ripe and tasty or not. This belief seems to be very common in some areas of ...
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Are people dying of starvation because we cannot produce enough food?

I have been watching a BBC documentary Botany: A Blooming History - Episode 3 Hidden World In it, (at ~51m35s) Timothy Walker, the presenter, says: ...Certainly there may be risks attached to ...

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