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Can You Lose 5kg in Three Days With This One Weird Trick?

So many of my article ideas come from social media. “You Can Lose Up To 5 Kg in 3 Days With Potatoes & Yogurt!” the headline on the shared post declared. Well, naturally that got my attention. I write a … Continue reading

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Is Alkaline Water the Next Great Miracle Cure?

In late August, Good Morning America ran a story about the health benefits of alkaline water. The story claims a multitude health benefits from drinking water that has an alkaline pH. Alkaline water is slightly less acidic than tap water, and remarkable effects have been … Continue reading

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Is There a Scientific Reason to Make Foods More “Natural?”

Skeptics are very familiar with the use of the appeal to nature by pseudoscience peddlers such as the Food Babe and others. Foods with “chemical” ingredients are to be avoided according the these sellers of nonsense, which shows a basic misunderstanding … Continue reading

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How Michelle Obama Helped Promote Anti-Science Sentiment

In February, Michelle Obama made news when she was featured in an article in Cooking Light magazine. In the article, the First Lady tells a story of her daughter Malia and an interaction with White House Chef Sam Kass, wherein … Continue reading

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Popping Your Beliefs, One Candy at a Time

In my previous post (yes, the one about Playboy), I mentioned that it is sometimes good to challenge yourself on things you consider “facts” or where you assume something to be the way it is. It is a fun skeptical … Continue reading

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Explore Your Inner Geek… By Cooking!

When I listened to this week’s Skeptoid Podcast by Craig Good on Cooking Myths, I had to think about a book I read a couple of years ago. Sure enough, I located it in my library (I confess, I never … Continue reading

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Are You Orthorexic? Our Obsession with Healthy Eating

We seem to have forgotten that humans are omnivorous. Around the world and throughout history, people have thrived on diets diverse and extreme enough to shame the fad diet section in any modern bookstore. Populations have flourished on staples like … Continue reading

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Food Woo Trends in 2015: Dumb Diets, Stupid Foods, and Uninformed Consumers

The new year is upon us, and as happens every year, food writers and publications everywhere are declaring the hot new food trends for 2015. Not surprisingly, the lists are full of pseudoscientific food woo. As it went last year, … Continue reading

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Food Woo 2014: Year in Review

I enjoy cooking and I enjoy eating, and so it’s not too surprising that I have also begun to enjoy writing about “food woo” here on Skeptoid. Here at the end of the year, I thought it would be fun … Continue reading

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What Science Says About Pickle Juice

Previously on the Skeptoid blog, I took a look at the pickle juice hypothesis — the idea that pickle juice (really pickle brine) somehow carries with it a number of healthful benefits — through the lens of basic skeptical questioning. … Continue reading

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