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Coconut Water Can Be Used As Human Blood Plasma?

Various Websites Claim that Coconut Water is Identical to Human Blood Plasma and Can be Used as a Substitute in Emergencies

Would you be surprised to find out the coconut water was identical to human blood plasma? Of course, you would. What if I told you it could be used as a replacement for blood plasma during absolute emergencies? You would probably be more than a bit dubious. If you are a skeptic, as am I, you would immediately go into research mode.

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Does German Chocolate Cake Come from Germany?

German chocolate cake, with extravagant richness, is just the kind of recipe German immigrants would have brought with them to the United States. We wouldn't have a hard time associating such a rich chocolate cake, with its decadent coconut and pecan filling, with Germany. And, in fact, it was German immigrants who settled in the midwest that introduced America to one of its favorite chocolate cakes. Or was it?

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Is the 'How Coca-Cola Reacts to Stomach Acid' Video Real?

A video on YouTube entitled 'Experiment Pouring Coca Cola in Stomach Acid!! - Epic Reaction!,' or 'How Coke Reacts to Stomach Acid,' between YouTube and Facebook, has been viewed millions of times. Posted by a channel called Molten Science, it purports to show what happens when Coca-Cola comes into contact with stomach acid, or hydrochloric acid. The video starts by showing a square glass containing a small amount of clear liquid with a can of Coke sitting next to it. We cannot tell what the liquid in the glass container might be, but it is supposed to be "stomach acid."

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Toxic Canola Oil Warning

Since 2001, warnings have circulated via Email and Facebook warning people not to use Canola oil because it is highly dangerous to humans. According to such messages, you shouldn't use Canola oil because it is made from a genetically engineered plant developed in Canada "which is part of the mustard family of plants."

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A Man Bought Lobster and Steak on Food Stamps?

A viral image of a grocery store receipt from Menominee, Michigan has been circulating online since May of 2011. The receipt, from Angeli's Country Market, lists fresh cold water lobster, porterhouse steak, and diet Mountain Dew, totaling $141.78, dated February 8, 2011.

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Is Chocolate Milk Really Made From Expired Milk?

I recently noticed an Instagram post under the hashtag #foodfacts, which I use for my CulinaryLore posts on Instagram. The image claimed that chocolate milk is actually made from expired white milk that is sent back to the processing facilities, boiled down and re-pasteurized, then mixed with artificial synthetic chocolate flavoring, sugar (GMO). In other words, chocolate milk is a way to get another month of shelf-life out of white milk while adding a lot of bad stuff.

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How Do You Eat Tacos Without Them Falling Apart?

It seems confoundingly difficult to eat a crunchy taco without the shell breaking and the taco falling apart as you eat it. Have you ever been tempted to ask a native Mexican how in the world you were supposed to eat a taco without the shell falling apart and the fillings falling out all over the place? Good thing you didn't because he would have thought you were off your rocker.

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Poison Blue Grapefruits

In 1988, a rumor started spreading in Italy about poisonous grapefruits entering Italy from Israel. The grapefruits were said to have a bluish stain on them. The press reported that, in an act of terrorism, the Israeli grapefruits had been injected with a blue poison. As the story went on, many details were added.

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The Last Meal I Ate Made Me Sick!

You just had a great restaurant meal last evening and today, you have food poisoning. That restaurant poisoned me, you think. This is a common assumption. Whenever we get sick with something that feels like food poisoning, we assume the culprit was the last meal we ate. This is, in fact, an incorrect assumption. If it were true, the CDC and local health departments would have a much easier time tracking outbreaks of food-borne illness.

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Ground Up Bones in Chicken Nuggets? Hip Chick Farms on West Texas Investors Club

Airing last evening on CNBC was episode 6 in season two of West Texas Investors Club. Among the two presenters looking for an investment were the two ladies of Hip Chick Farms, makers of humanely sourced and minimally processed frozen chicken products such as chicken nuggets, chicken fingers, and chicken meatballs. The investors had them stage a demonstration at a grocery store for a local audience of mostly young children and parents. To demonstrate how cheap chicken nuggets are made, the ladies pulled a Jamie Oliver pink slime deal, and cut all the usable parts off a chicken and used only the carcass to make chicken nuggets.

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Does Microwaving Food Kill All The Bacteria?

It is easy to see why people would think that cooking food in the microwave kills all the bacteria. It comes from the misconception that microwaving 'irradiates' food and so destroys any bacteria, along with all the nutrients.

It is not true at all. The fact is, as you can learn from this article about microwaves cooking food from the inside out, it is heat that cooks your food in the microwave. If the food doesn't get hot enough to kill all the bacteria, contaminated chicken, meat, or any other food could still make you sick.

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Is Heavy Cream Not the Same as Whipping Cream?

You go to one source, you read that heavy cream and whipping cream are the same. You go to another, and you find that heavy cream and whipping cream are not actually the same. What gives? Why the inconsistent information? Is it really that hard to determine the difference?

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Can You Deep Fry With Olive Oil?

Have you heard? You can't deep fry with olive oil! Its smoking point is too low and it becomes bitter, etc. Funny that people in the Mediterranean regions, who know a lot more than us about olive oil, deep fry more often with olive oil than any other oil. In other words, what you've heard is bunk. You absolutely can deep fry with olive oil. Mario Batali has been seen doing it more than once on television. Since people are always looking for a healthy oil for deep frying, and Olive oil is among the healthiest oils, its a shame this myth has existed.

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Is it True That Spaghetti is Done When It Sticks to the Wall?

Many cookbooks, articles, and even cooking show episodes will tell you that the best way to test whether spaghetti (or another pasta) is done, is to throw it at the wall. If it sticks, it's done. Is this a good indicator of the doneness of pasta?

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Are The Onions In White Castle Burgers Really Cabbage Pieces Soaked in Onion Juice?

An internet rumor states that the onions in White Castle burgers are not really onions at all. Instead, they are little pieces of cabbage that have been soaked in onion juice. Could this rumor be true?

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