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Does McDonald's put anti-emetics (“anti-vomit”) in their food?

It's a common claim in Quebec that McDonald's put anti-emetics in the food. I think I heard four times over the last week, alone. It's not uncommon for people to go to McDonald's when they're drunk ...
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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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Are diet sodas as healthy as drinking water?

Looking at the side of any diet soda, you can see 0 calories, 0 fat, 0 sugar, and tons more zeros. Does this mean that diet sodas are actually somewhat HEALTHY? Or at least not at all bad for you?
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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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6-meals-a-day strategy

It is commonly suggested, in the body building world, that the following eating strategy rises metabolism and inhibits the production of fat tissue: Eat a substantial meal every 2 to 3 hours (six ...
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Is eating a banana on an empty stomach bad for you?

I recently heard the claim that eating bananas on an empty stomach is bad for you, because of something related to magnesium or potassium levels in your body. A quick search found articles like the ...
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Do oily foods have any effect on acne?

Was, Does eating Oily food really has no effect on Acne [breakout]? I have been to a lot of doctors for acne problems. None have ever told me to avoid oily food. When I asked, I was repeatedly ...
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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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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 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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Does the digestion of some foods burn more calories than it supplies?

Calories in food is a measurement of the amount of energy it will provide to the body. I've heard that eating some foods actually make you USE more calories than you consume. Do any foods actually ...
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Do food additives (“E Number”) cause hyperactivity?

E numbers are number codes for food additives that are used in the European Union. Some of the substances are banned in some countries while still allowed in others - see E110, E122, E129, etc. Some ...
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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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Do harmful chemicals migrate from the container into the food if you microwave the food in a plastic container?

In a comment to the best answer to question 582, Muhd writes: "I would add that it is also unhealthy if you microwave in something that is not microwave safe as toxic chemicals could migrate into the ...
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Are small and frequent meals better for health?

I have heard this argument time and again. Human race started off as hunters. At that time, finding food by hunting was not an easy task, and was not always successful. Couple this with the absence ...
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Does the Atkins diet work?

The official (theirs) description is here Wikipedia here My question is, does this diet lead to substantial weight loss, say a 25% reduction for an obese male, without any serious adverse side ...
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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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Does taking whey protein make you gain muscle?

See the following claim, for example: What are the reasons I should supplement with whey protein? To build muscle mass To speed recovery time Reduce injuries related to working out ...
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Does eating too much candy make your teeth rot?

This is something I remember hearing pretty often as a kid. Specifically, that you shouldn't eat too much candy or it will give you tooth decay. Is this the case? Does eating a lot of candy make your ...
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Did the myth of carrots improving eye sight begin as WWII propaganda?

I've often heard that the myth that eating carrots helps you see better at night (not to be confused with carrots helping with vitamin A deficiency) was started by the British in World War II, as ...
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Are the vast majority of vegans Vitamin B12 deficient?

WebMD reports: In the July issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, German researchers tracked 174 apparently healthy people living in Germany and the Netherlands. They found that ...
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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 putting warm food in the refrigerator make it more likely to give you food poisoning than letting it cool off first and then refrigerating it?

My boss was arguing that this is true and that it's a well known fact amongst culinary professionals that you should never put hot food in the refrigerator (he used to be a baker and had restaurants ...
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Insects as food: Is it feasible for humans to replace traditional “livestock” meat with insects?

I have heard of some benefits of insects as food, but are there any drawbacks? I've never heard of a human culture whose primary protein intake came exclusively from insects. Would someone ...
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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 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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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 brown sugar healthier than white sugar?

I've heard that before. The reasoning is, "White sugar is more 'processed' than brown sugar, so it's not as healthy." Is this true?
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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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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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Is it okay to eat food that has been through airport x-ray scanners

I took 4 flights last week, and my chocolate was scanned 4 times in the baggage scanner. Is it safe to eat that?
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Is drinking while standing unhealthy?

In Quora there is an answer that states: Scientifically, drinking while standing lets water hit the lower part of the esophagus strongly, & by time this leads to a dilation and relaxation of ...
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Does changing your pH balance change your mood?

I have read that eating more alkaline foods and changing your pH balance reduces stress and anxiety. For example, see Eat a Lemon, Feel Less Stressed: Stephanie McClellan, MD, and Beth Hamilton, ...
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Does bread contain traces of alcohol?

Many times when the religious permisibility of alcohol is debated (especially in substances with small amounts of alcohol in it) people will claim that even bread has traces of alcohol. How valid is ...
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Does celery help you lose weight?

I have often heard people say that celery will help weight loss because digesting it consumes more calories than is contained in celery itself. Is this true and, if so, is the weight loss significant?...
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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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Is eating cloven-hoofed animals, bottom-feeders or ruminants bad for you?

The Torah and Talmud claim (and I have Christian friends that also claim) that eating animals that are bottom-feeders or ruminants—That is, eat the crud off the sea-floor, like shrimp, or digest ...
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Is poisoning possible from preservative on orange zest?

I've heard that you can get poisoning from cakes that contain orange zest from the preservative sprayed on the outer surface of oranges before transportation from tropical countries to our shops. Is ...
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Are there any proven benefits to ingesting wheatgrass?

I have read statements such as "Fifteen pounds of wheatgrass is equivalent to 350 pounds of the choicest vegetables", of which I am obviously skeptical. Are there any independent studies from ...
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Does exercise and eating healthy make you live longer?

I'm not talking about someone who sits in a chair all day and never moves. I mean the difference between the people who go jogging then go to the gym for an hour or two compared to the people who just ...
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Do omega-3 fatty acids and fish oil improve concentration and cognitive ability?

In the UK, omega-3 has been a big fad, it seems. You can't seem to get away from products without it. I Although recently it has died down, it mainly stems back to a flawed study on schoolchildren. Is ...
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Is it unhealthy to lick the lid of a yogurt cup?

I've heard that it's unhealthy to eat the yogurt that sticks to the lid because it contains aluminium. Scraping it off with a spoon is even worse than licking it. Is there any evidence that this is ...
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Is it unhealthy to reuse cooking oil?

I've heard that reusing cooking oil can be unhealthy. For example: Never re-use cooking oil once it has been exposed to heat. It is a recipe for trans fats and cancer-causing carcinogens. -Source ...
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Is 80% of a human's sense of taste in their nose?

According to this article on wine tasting: Did you know that 80% of our sense of taste is actually in our nose? It doesn't seem to cite any source, although I've heard similar claims before. I've ...
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Is brown rice healthier than white rice?

Vegkitchen.com say: Brown rice is better for you than white On the other side: ancestral-nutrition.com say: White Rice Is Healthier Than Brown Rice My wife tells me that there is a very large,...
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Is a Full English Breakfast good for you?

I've generally read that a fry-up, AKA the Full English breakfast, comprised of bacon, sausages and fried bread, is full of trans-fats, and hence is bad for you. Some links: Why the great British ...
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Do high-fat diets causes heart disease?

This article in The Guardian alleges that the nutritional science establishment has spent the last 4 decades claiming that fatty diets cause heart disease when in fact sugar is largely to blame. The ...
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Have edible jars of honey been found in thousand-year-old Egyptian tombs?

A recent xkcd contains the claim that honey has a shelf life that's so long that edible jars of honey have been found in Egyptian tombs several thousand years old. Image taken from http://www.xkcd....
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Is it healthy to “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper”?

Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper! or Eat like a king in the morning, a prince at noon, and a peasant at dinner The abovementioned proverb doesn't mention ...
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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, ...