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Do foods rich in Estrogen increase breast size?

It's a common belief that foods rich in estrogen (like Soya milk) increases breast size. MD-health.com claims that it works: Eat Enough Estrogenic Foods. Estrogen is a potent female sex hormone ...
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Did Japanese people eat pickled fish eyes?

In the episode Outpost of the "Private Snafu" WWII propaganda series, Snafu encounters a can of pickled fish eyes with rice from the Imperial Japanese Navy. (Transcript, video link (Warning: content ...
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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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Does eating food which was exposed to *ionizing* EM radiation pose a health risk?

From what I've read, non-ionizing EM radiation is harmless. There is little evidence that it causes any health issues. This is also the consensus here on Skeptics, that's the case in mobile phone ...
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Can you get sufficient protein from a vegan diet?

This image claims that you can get protein from non-meat sources, citing Broccoli as an example. Do you really need meat to get Protein? Beef 6.4 grams of protein per 100 calories. ...
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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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Does potassium deficiency cause cramps?

According to Ace Fitness, it is a myth that potassium deficiency causes cramps, since there isn't enough potassium in sweat to deplete potassium. Sodium deficiency is blamed instead. Is this true? ...
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Was sucralose accidentally discovered in the course of insectide research?

I see repeated claims, mostly from sources of highly questionable veracity, that Sucralose was developed while searching for new insecticides. ABC news also makes this claim in a summery of various ...
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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 seaweed. ...
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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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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 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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Is the flavor of artificial banana flavoring based on the “Gros Michel” banana?

I've heard the claim that artificial banana flavoring doesn't taste like bananas since it was based on a different cultivar than the one we know today. Until the 1950's the main banana cultivar ...
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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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Does the means of slaughter affect meat quality?

Some friends of mine believe that different ways of killing an animal may reduce the quality of the meat; in particular, a violent death produces a tougher meat, maybe caused by the adrenaline ...
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Have chronic conditions such as heart disease, prostate cancer, infertility ever been linked to everyday exposures to chemicals in food?

Claim: http://www.ewg.org/research/mens-health "There has been significant research in recent decades showing that chronic conditions such as heart disease, prostate cancer, infertility may be linked ...
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Does blowing on food cause stomach cancer?

I recently read a post saying that blowing on food is dangerous because it can cause "Stomach Cancer", and found on google some links like this one. I cannot find attendible references, and moreover ...
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Does a high protein diet increase your risk for cancer?

The Daily Telegraph claims that "High-protein diet 'as bad for health as smoking'". Notable quotes: The risk is nearly as high as the danger of developing cancer by smoking 20 cigarettes each day. ...
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Does an alkaline diet help to prevent kidney stones?

From Natural News: Highly acidic diets tend to create an environment which encourages kidney stones, while more alkaline diets help prevent these kind of deposits. Is this true?
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Is the peel of commercially-grown apples toxic with pesticides?

According to an article in Yahoo! Voices: Many people choose to peel an apple because they fear exposure to pesticides. This is a legitimate concern. Surveys have shown that pesticide residues were ...
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Is whole-grain bread healthier than white bread?

Claim: whole grain (specifically wheat) bread is healthier than white bread. Source: Stack Exchange podcast #55
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Does red meat increase the risk of heart disease?

Conventional common wisdom has been that red meat consumption increases the risk of developing heart disease. There are a lot of studies indicating this may be true, but there are also a lot of ...
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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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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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Do the types of food affect a calorie restricted diet?

Can food type have any effect on weight loss even though net calories would remain constant? For example, The Fast Diet FAQ, which is a diet based on Intermittent fasting, contains the following ...
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Does food on blue plates look tastier?

This Daily Mail article says the NHS is replacing their plates with blue ones to get patients to eat more. NHS caterers have finally found a means of getting frail patients to eat more – putting ...
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Was the combination of yoghurt and honey called “the food of the gods” in ancient Indian records?

From Wikipedia's article on yogurt: In ancient Indian records, the combination of yogurt and honey is called "the food of the gods". All that the provided reference states is: Whatever the real ...
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Does grilled meat cause cancer? [duplicate]

On a business trip to China, I ate a lot of wonderful food. Towards the end of the second week, I was craving BBQ, a hamburger, anything... I asked our interpreter if there were any such places ...
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Does cooking with extra virgin olive oil cause cancer?

Many health websites suggest a substitute for cooking oil as olive pomace oil. Some also say that extra virgin olive oil can be used for cooking. I can't remember when but a newspaper featured that ...
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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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Does wheat cause coronary heart disease? [duplicate]

Most health organizations see wheat as an healthy food. However I wrote an article arguing that wheat could be a risk factor of coronary heart disease. I know there is a similar question: Is wheat ...
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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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Can the body never lose fat cells?

There are various articles online quoting studies (or even loosely referring to "studies" without reference) claiming you can only gain fat cells but not loose them. Some examples include Calorielab....
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Will coffee increase the growth of white hair?

I am curious about white hair: A friend told me that drinking coffee and tea would increase the number of white hair. There is a similar claim on the English Pravda site: Among other reasons of ...
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Does eating sugar feed yeast in the gut?

My understanding is that yeast (esp. candida) lives in digestive systems of most people. I was recently introduced to the concept of "candida overgrowth". My pseudoscience detector quickly alerted me ...
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Are eggs more likely to contain salmonella in the yolk than the white?

Eggsafety.org states Researchers say that, if present, most bacteria is usually in the yolk. Similar statements are made on other egg-related websites. For example, safeeggs.com states Any ...
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What is the best way to sit while having food?

I have read various claims regarding the best position to eat: sitting on the floor, sitting on a chair, standing, etc. For example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eating: Eating while sitting on ...
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Can teeth cavities be cured through diet?

I've seen this Natural News article popping out a lot recently. It claims that dental caries is not caused by bacteria but by poor nutrition: which results in minerals being pulled from bones, ...
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Does chicken meat from the US contain arsenic?

Facebook brought this Minds.com article to my attention: After years of sweeping the issue under the rug and hoping no one would notice, the FDA has now finally admitted that chicken meat sold in ...
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Is Halal meat healthier to consume?

Traditionally, Muslims only eat meat that has been slaughtered and prepared according to the rules of Halal. Some people claim that leads to meat that is healthier to eat. Halal for Health Halal ...
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Is it harmful to eat microwave heated food on daily basis? [duplicate]

My physics teacher used to tell us stories about how food becomes dangerous because of distorted cells in microwaved materials, which in turn may cause cancer. But he wasn't very detailed about it, ...
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Do Monsanto GM foods cause gluten-related illnesses?

In a newly released video by RT they claim that "Future Epidemic? Monsanto GM foods cause gluten-related illnesses" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyV001qX2i4 18 million of Americans suffer from ...
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Can eating too much fibre cause Hemorrhoidal disease (or piles)?

I read this highly informative article from Gut Sense on the causes of hemorrhoids commonly known as piles. The article argues convincingly that eating too much dietary fibre can cause Hemorrhoidal ...
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Is this tapeworm diet ad real?

There's an ad I've seen several times about the internet, advertising tape worms for use in dieting. This image can easily be found googling "tapeworm diet ad". Snopes asserts uncertainty as to ...
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Does the alcohol content of drinks make you fat?

One of the many arguments used to try and persuade us to drink less is that the calorific content of alcohol contributes to obesity. For example, this article from the UK NHS Choices website argues, ...
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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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Does eating cheese help one to fall asleep or have a sound sleep?

Does eating cheese help one to fall asleep or have a sound sleep? According to Dr. Oz it does: Cheese and 100% whole grain crackers are your best bedtime-snack bet. The whole grains help produce ...
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Does storing ground coffee in the fridge preserve its flavor better?

I'm Italian and, as you know, we make a big deal out of coffee. I found some people to be very much convinced that ground coffee preserves its taste better when stored in the fridge. On the other ...
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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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Do scientists use monosodium-glutamate (MSG) to fatten lab mice/rats?

I recently came across a video (that is anti-MSG) that made the claim that scientist use MSG to fatten lab rats/mice. I can't seem to find any source for this information. I can find examples of ...

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