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Are chemicals used to ripen fruit in developing countries harmful to the health of consumers?

To answer my last point first, I checked a local shopping site (which sells EVERYTHING), and 'karbit' or 'carbide' is indeed often not carbide at all. Ethephon Several sellers sold 'karbit' which was ...
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Do certain fruit combinations ripen faster?

Ethylene definitely has a role in the ripening of fruit. Ethylene and fruit ripening is a scientific paper that discusses the chemical mechanisms of ripening fruit. From the paper: The ripening of ...
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Are fruits better than processed fruit juices?

Broadly yes, You lose most of the fibre present in the fruit, fibre is important for digestion and likely has other benefits (http://www.nhs.uk/chq/pages/1141.aspx?categoryid=51), it also helps slow ...
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Has selective breeding increased the sugar level of fruits?

Yes. Temperate Fruit Crops in Warm Climates at page 178: A general objective in most breeding programs is higher sugar content See Survey of Food and Nutrition Research in the United States, which ...
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Should we prefer organic lemon and orange peels?

The intended meaning of the quote you supplied is surely that if the outside of layer of a fruit or vegetable is commonly consumed then this would be taken in to account when setting a maximum residue ...
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Does blending fruit affect the fibre to make you hungry again faster?

It appears that this is an area of dispute amongst the experts, and I don't believe the research supports any bold claims. For example, in 2016 Mother Jones interviewed Robert Lustig, who has been ...
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Do certain fruit combinations ripen faster?

In re [Sklivvz:] Guys, I'm challenging a widely repeated claim and provide a few examples. A scientific study of the ripening effects of apples or bananas is enough to answer it. I really really don'...
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Does eating bananas prevent eyelid twitching?

The condition is called Benign Fasciculation Syndrome. No direct study of bananas (or any other food) as a treatment for BFS has ever been done, as far as I can find with Google scholar, but we can ...
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Are preservatives applied to commercially distrubted fruit?

Per Raffaele Porta et al. in 2013, edible coatings was to found be extremely advantageous to preserve the characteristics of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables at their peak. A review of various ...
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Is this fruit naturally shaped like a woman?

This has been pretty well debunked by Snopes. If such a flower or fruit actually exists outside of folklore, it's unknown to botanists. We haven't found reference to such a plant in any handbooks ...
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Does Vitamin C in Indian Gooseberry have skincare benefits when applied directly to skin, or when eaten?

Emblica officinalis (of the family Euphorbiaceae) also known as Indian gooseberry in the form of fruits contain mostly carbohydrate with moderate fiber content and are rich in vitamin C, with some ...
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