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Does Forskolin help to break down fat?

The Dr. Oz show website claims: Researchers have found that forskolin can help to promote the breakdown of stored fats in animal and human fat cells. It may also release fatty acids from adipose ...
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Should 20-35% of calories come from fats in a healthful diet?

In 2002, the National Academies' Institute of Medicine released a report that recommended: Adults should get 45 percent to 65 percent of their calories from carbohydrates, 20 percent to 35 percent ...
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Does eating sweets cause you to 'spoil your appetite'? [closed]

This is a very common thing among parents to tell their children not to eat sweets or other dessert foods before a meal as it will 'spoil their appetite', in the sense that they're not going to be ...
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Is (cow) milk's consumption bad for humans? [closed]

There are several claims that milk is bad: http://www.fullyraw.com/why-milk-is-bad-for-you/ http://saveourbones.com/osteoporosis-milk-myth/ http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/food-nutrition/...
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Does dairy milk and meat decrease your overall health and make you live less? [closed]

In this extremely popular and numerously mirrored lecture, Dr. Michael Greger presents "proofs" that humans should not consume dairy milk and meat at all, because it is destructive to health in ...
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Is there any research which supports the use of probiotic yogurts? [duplicate]

I have seen various varieties of pro-biotic yoghurt drinks on the shelves in supermarkets. For those unfamiliar - they are claimed to contain bacteria that is beneficial to the human body and ...
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Is it possible to smoke a McDonald's french fry like a cigarette? [closed]

This Facebook video purports to show Trevor Ferrell light the end of a french fry, bite off the other end, and inhale smoke through the fry like a cigarette. He goes on to suggest that this is ...
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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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Genetically modified crops [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What risks exist with GMO, but not with selective breeding? I heard that one of the reasons that people oppose GM food is because GM crops when digested create a protein that ...
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Are sucralose (“Splenda”) and all other chlorinated hydrocarbons toxic? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Long term effects of sucralose Is it true that sucralose is the only chlorinated hydrocarbon we eat and that chlorinated hydrocarbons are inherently toxic? (I realize the ...
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Are plastics making us fat and giving us diabetes?

A recent widely reported news story (example report from the Independent) suggested that one explanation for the modern rise in obesity was not too much food or two little exercise but many of ...
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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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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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Alkaline diet afect cancer? [duplicate]

I have heard that if you have an alkaline diet it actually prevents/stops cancer. It is not mandatory to eat all alkaline things but to balance it so that the body does not get to acidic from food. ...
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Can Type I diabetes be cured with a raw food diet and exercise? [closed]

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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Did this couple lose 500 pounds of weight in 2 years?

According to this post on a Facebook page, this couple lost 500 pounds of weight in 2 years. Is it real or just a fake post?
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Does boiling water with solid silver kill germs?

I was in China recently, and the tour guide mentioned that in some parts of China, the water quality is not good (due to pollution). To get around this problem, some locals used solid silver and ...
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Is MSG excitotoxic?

Popular YouTuber Alex Jones claims (in a YouTube video with nearly 1M views) that MSG is an excitotoxin and harms the brain and liver. I haven't even had time to get into MSG. I mean, I've ...
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Does Himalayan Salt have positive effects on the pH balance inside the human body?

FitLive writes in 10 Amazing Benefits of Pink (Himalayan) Salt: Balance pH (alkaline/acidity) and help to reduce acid reflux Mercola makes the same claim in The 13 Amazing Health Benefits of ...
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Are fresh tomatoes more healthy than tomato paste? [closed]

The common dogma is that fresh food is more healthy than processed food. Is that also true in the case of tomato paste? Carolyn Susman wrote in the ChicagoTribune: Despite advice that eating a ...
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Does blending fruit affect the fibre to make you hungry again faster?

This New York Times article makes the claim that: The fiber in whole fruit “acts as a net” to slow down the process by which the body turns sugar from food into blood sugar, Ms. Krieger said, and ...
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Does low-calorie/ high-protein diet + fitness regime allow simultaneous muscle growth and fat loss?

Does eating less overall (but high protein), in conjunction with weight lifting (4 days a week), have the effect of inducing fat loss while growing muscle? On the CBC site it is claimed that a regime ...
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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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Can Broccoli stop or slow Osteoarthritis?

BBC News has been running a story on how Broccoli can slow or stop osteoarthritis: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-23847632 Eating lots of broccoli may slow down and even prevent osteoarthritis, ...
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Can acidosis be diet-induced?

I know Acidosis is a legitimate medical diagnosis. Some woo-peddlers like to claim that eating too much acidic foods can cause this condition, and recommend alkalizing foods which, counter-...
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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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Did the Mayo Clinic in the 1900s find 4-5 quarts (~4 litres) of raw milk a day to be healthy?

According to this claim by realmilk.com, THE MILK CURE: In the early 1900s, the Mayo Clinic administered the “Milk Cure,” which consisted in drinking 4-5 quarts of raw milk per day, obtaining ...
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Is llama meat popular amongst Britain's gurkha communities?

In "Eating this exotic meat may seriously damage your health" (2013-06-16) The Independent claims: Although still relatively rare, llama is increasingly popular, especially among Britain’s gurkha ...
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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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The “10 bn people could be fed if everybody were vegan” claim [closed]

You hear it a lot. PETA claims it. Others claim it. The basic claim is that if everybody went vegan, we could feed 10 billion people. However this only takes into account that we are currently ...
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can an acid alkalinize blood [duplicate]

I have recently read that umeboshi vinegar alkalinizes blood thanks to its content in acetic acid. I find at least strange that an acid can have an effect contrary to acidification. Can this be ...
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Will food go sour faster during dog days, as according to Scandinavian lore? [closed]

Since I was just a small boy, my mother has kept insisting that dog days are real. This period would last from July 23, to August 23, tho some may say slightly different time-frames, all within July ...
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Is there a cancer avoidance diet that is backed up scientifically? [closed]

Is there an agreement in the scientific community upon a diet (eating program) that can avoid or drastically reduce risk of cancer? The information out there is very vague and sometimes contradictory. ...
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Do McDonald's burgers resist decomposing because it harms any life form that ingests it? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do McDonald's burgers have an unnaturally long lifespan? Its a recurring theme over a few years. http://www.occupymonsanto360.org/2012/02/06/why-mcdonalds-happy-meal-...
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Do saturated fats cause heart diseases? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are saturated fats unhealthy? Based on the answers posted on this earlier question and the recent video that I saw on youtube that claims that Fat does NOT cause heart ...
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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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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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Does the combination of red wine and cheese cause bad dreams?

I have only anecdotal evidence to support the aforementioned claim: heard it from several people in my youth and believe to have experienced it myself, but that might be placebo. Some quick googling ...
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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 Jerry Rubin eat so many carrots he turned orange?

Did Jerry Rubin, the former Yippie leader eat so many carrots he turned orange? (I read that many years ago in an East Bay Express article.)
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Are oranges bad for your health? [closed]

I saw this at my university today: I thought I'd double check this, as I find this a bit far fetched. So are oranges bad for your health?
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Is chocolate consumption correlated with per capita Nobel Laureates?

From a blog by the Scientific American: Chocolate consumption and Nobel Prizes: A bizarre juxtaposition if there ever was one r=0.791 P<0.0001 The Scientific American claims that a paper has ...