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Can you “reset” your taste buds?

Is there any scientific evidence behind the assertion I see on diet websites and in books that restricting a food for a set period of time will allow your tastebuds to be more sensitive to it. For ...
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Do lemons help cure cancer?

This morning I read an article on Facebook (in German) about the huge health benefits of lemons - and not just the juice, but the whole lemon, especially the skin. Several other sites make similar ...
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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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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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Is Soylent a nutritionally complete shake?

Soylent is a "food substitute" - a shake including starches, vitamins, dietary fibre, minerals and more. Quoting from the Vice review at the Soylent financing campaign: Soylent contains all the ...
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What is the largest amount of protein the body can absorb in a single meal?

There is a popular belief that the human body can't absorb more than 30 grams of protein per meal. Some also believe that the limit is 25 or less. For example, This article states that "According to ...
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Does eel help relieve symptoms of summer fatigue?

In Japan, a traditional summer illness is natsubate, summer fatigue, and the traditional way of relieving symptoms is to eat eel for "stamina". Is there any science behind this tradition?
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Is wheat the cause of numerous, serious health problems?

This morning, I stumbled across a realfarmacy article which poses the question [Note: the linked page breaks in Chrome but worked in Firefox]: Why is there such a strong emphasis on the development ...
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Is storing food in opened tin cans dangerous?

The UK National Health Service advises: never put open cans in the fridge, as the metal may transfer to the can's contents – place the contents in a storage container or covered bowl instead. ...
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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 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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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 drinking a glass of water 30 minutes before meal have any positive effect on your health?

I have read in many forums and diet advisories that one recommends to drink a glass of mineral water (without gas) about half an hour before every meal. Even though most sources provide no explanation ...
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Do some foods burn fat?

The nutritionist Dr Jonny Bowden claims that some foods inflate fat cells, while others shrink fat cells. His promotional material talks about most people suffering carbohydrate intolerance and that ...
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Does Australia label GMO foods?

From a facebook photo What Labeling of US food looks like in Australia... Raw for beauty blog The picture contains a purported list of ingredients for frosting in Australia: INGREDIENTS: SUGAR, ...
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Is drinking a soda as bad or more harmful than smoking a cigarette?

The claim is easy to find on google, but here are a few specific examples (emphasis added): Soda, which is loaded with sugar primarily in the form of high fructose corn syrup, is a leading ...
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Does Nutella contains subtances that destroy neurons?

I just read an article stating that Nutella was dangerous (and addictive). Terribly addicting indeed… but not surprising, because because the truth is that Nutella contains monosodium glutamate , ...
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Can Type I diabetes be cured with a raw food diet and exercise?

Sergei Boutenko is an author who promotes "wild edibles". He claims, at age 9, to have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Some time later, he started a raw food diet and regular exercise. One ...
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Does beef meat have twice the amount of oestrogen as soy?

I have been watching to some videos on Youtube to see if I should be a vegan. One of the thing that popped out during a discussion was the fact that soy contains a lot of oestrogen which could cause ...
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Can eating the right foods avoid BRCA1 breast cancer?

NaturalNews.com has an article entitled How Angelina Jolie was duped by cancer doctors into self mutilation for breast cancer she never had (emphasis in original) But the really sad part about all ...
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Is eating fruits separately/on an empty stomach healthier?

There are some web-sites advocating that eating fruits separately to other foods is healthier. Mind Body Green When fruits are eaten alone, your stomach can more easily process all of the ...
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Does Japan export food that is unsafe to eat in Japan?

This claim states that some of the foodstuff that leaves Japan is deemed unsafe there because of the radioactivity levels, and is exported to places with more lax restrictions, like the United States.
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How many days can you live without food? [duplicate]

I am a Malaysian. A few days ago, one of my country's political speakers claimed he didn't eat anything for 10 days, and he just survived by drinking water. This phenomenon really make me interested ...
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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 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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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 up for it. It claims ...
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Are “vanishing caloric density” and “designer sodium” real?

Michael Moss certainly claims a lot in his new book. I have only read an online article about it, and I'm highly suspicious of the claims made there, especially terms like "vanishing caloric density" ...
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Does aspartame “eat” holes in your cellular membranes

My well-meaning mom keeps sending me stuff like this: Aspartame has been found to “eat” tiny holes in our cellular membrane. When this happens, things like Multiple Sclerosis (MS), cancer, mood ...
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Does the number of lobes on a green pepper indicate any specific culinary traits about the individual pepper?

I've seen claimed that whether a pepper has 3 lobes or bumps at the bottom or 4 can indicate whether that bell pepper is "sweeter, and better for eating, or firmer, and better for cooking". I've seen ...
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Is CICO (calories in, calories out) a useful concept in diets?

An article at gnolls.org claims that there is no such thing as a calorie to our body, and our stomachs aren't steam engines and therefore the concept of calories and our way of measuring them is ...
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Do firefighters avoid eating pork?

In God is not Great Christopher Hitchens makes a claim that firefighters do not like eating pork because human flesh smells/tastes like pork. Seeing as this has the look and feel of an urban legend (...
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How many almonds does it take to get cyanide poisoning?

I was at lunch today and the conversation turned to almonds and their cyanide content. One co-worker said almonds contain a lot of cyancide and the number of almonds that can kill you surprisingly low....
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Does a burger require an hour of jogging to burn off?

According to this site, one needs about 1 hour and 5 minutes to burn off the weight gain from a Big Mac. However, I've eaten about two Big Macs a night, with two similar sized meals during the day. ...
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Do eggs have DHA? If yes, then how much on an average?

The egg nutrition website doesn't mention docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in its list of egg ingredients: http://www.eggnutritioncenter.org/egg-facts/nutrition-information-for-the-egg/ But, from: http://...
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Is cooked protein less digestible than raw protein?

I saw the following claim in several places: At Raw Glow Cooking meat changes the molecular structure of some of its proteins, rendering them unusable by the body and making cellular healing, ...
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Does honey with warm water and lemon reduce tummy fat?

There is a common belief that one can reduce tummy fat by drinking honey and lemon juice mixed in warm water the first thing in the morning. This questionable website, for example, makes this claim ...
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Do not eat garlic in the evening

It's common to hear that garlic should be eaten in the morning and should not be eaten in the evening. Many people even use the following saying for garlic: Medicine in the morning, poison in the ...
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Does popped popcorn have less calories than unpopped?

If you look at the nutrition facts on a bag of popcorn, they sometimes list "popped" and "unpopped" separately: (images above shamelessly stolen from the current answers :) Unfortunately, when you ...
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Is eating meals at irregular times unhealthy?

Best Time to Eat Meals Skipping meals or eating meals on a random schedule can drain your body of energy I tend to eat whenever I feel like it. I pretty much ignore breakfast, lunch, and dinner ...
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Does milk cause heart attacks and cancer?

Who can debunk or prove the claim: "Milk is dangerous for your health, because of heart attacks and higher risks of cancer." What about curd?
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Are Instant Noodles bad for people's health?

I have often heard people saying that instant noodles are bad for our bodies, because they contain a wax coating and wax causes Cancer. First: do noodles contain a wax coating? Second: Is it true ...
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Are refined edible oils unhealthy compared to unrefined ones?

There are lots of articles like this one which say: Refining [of oils] is accomplished with the addition of sodium hydroxide and temperatures around 450 degrees. The refined oil is not considered ...
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Is a lack of breakfast the #1 brain damaging habit?

I came across the following list. "Top 10 biggest brain damaging habits". Although they're all interesting "food" for skepticism, I will focus on #1, because I find this a peculiar claim. Some other ...
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Does chicken soup helps fight the common cold more than other hot beverages?

I got the cold, and my mother who is a physician told me to drink lots of chicken soup as it helps relieve the symptoms of the disease. When I asked her if it really helps more than other hot ...
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Goat's milk as an anti-inflammatory?

I've been having this discussion with a friend. He has been suggesting that I try goat's milk as it would help with my stomach problems. After looking around, I found some claims about how goat's ...
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Does the bulletproof diet work?

This diet is meant to be an updated version of the paleo diet, and it promises to give you killer abs with no exercise, eating 4,000+ KCal per day and sleeping 5 hours per night. It is also supposedly ...
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Is a short-term fast beneficial for maintaining good health and extending life expectancy?

This is claimed in Sweden's second-biggest newspaper. My translation: "I have started to short-term fast.[...] The reason is that lots of world leading scientists that study aging and the brain ...
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Is drinking a cold drink and drinking hot soup unhealthy in any way?

At least around here, in Costa Rica, it is common practice to avoid drinking cold drinks while drinking hot soup. I never questioned this (but didn't really care about it). Apparently it is, well, bad ...
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Can egg shells be digested?

I tried Googling but got no significant trustworthy result in the top few searches. The only reference I found is here: where the answered has guaranteed it without any reference! Yes Egg shell is ...
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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, ...