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  1. #1 Food and drink is bad for you. 
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    In a week when I've learned drinking sugary drinks can cause cancer, then what else is bad for you?
    Long given up on bananas (radioactive), meat and eggs (risk of heart attack), processed foods, white bread. List seems to go on forever.

    Even water isn't safe.
    https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325038.php

    What are your views on this?


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    My view is do not make dietary decisions based on headlines. Read the actual studies!
    Bananas are not dangerous...


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    Quote Originally Posted by ox View Post
    In a week when I've learned drinking sugary drinks can cause cancer, then what else is bad for you?
    Long given up on bananas (radioactive), meat and eggs (risk of heart attack), processed foods, white bread. List seems to go on forever.

    Even water isn't safe.
    https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325038.php

    What are your views on this?
    I ignore the sensationalist headlines and look at meta studies on the topic.
    If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. -Thorin Oakenshield

    The needs of the many outweigh the need of the few - Spock of Vulcan & Sentinel Prime of Cybertron ---proof that "the needs" are in the eye of the beholder.
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    It seems any study of any food and drink can reveal they are bad for you.
    Alcohol is both good for and bad for you. Today I learn up to a pint of beer a day can help prevent dementia.

    We have been told in the last few days we need to sleep at least 7 hours a night to also help prevent mental illness, by a government that has encouraged the 24/7 economy.

    Remember the advice that sitting is bad for you and standing is good.
    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full...9.2017.1420825
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    Quote Originally Posted by ox View Post
    In a week when I've learned drinking sugary drinks can cause cancer, then what else is bad for you?
    Long given up on bananas (radioactive), meat and eggs (risk of heart attack), processed foods, white bread. List seems to go on forever.

    Even water isn't safe.
    https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325038.php

    What are your views on this?
    The Daily Mail (the epitome of this sort of tragic reporting) once published an issue with a headline on one page saying "Chocolate Causes Cancer" and a few pages later "Chocolate Cures Cancer". This idiocy doesn't seemed to have slowed their rate of nonsense generation.
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    The Daily Hate wants to be loved.
    Are you saying they can't change their mind? That's why the message was quickly changed.

    What 'scientists' come up with these studies?
    Are they 5th rate ones who just want to be noticed?

    Meanwhile, indulge in guilty pleasures.
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...al-health.html
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    Its not the scientists that have issues. Its news reporters who dont at all understand limited direct studies are NOT the same as large meta studies. your news sources are Crap.
    If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. -Thorin Oakenshield

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    Let's take the "radioactive" bananas as an example. This is based on the idea that a certain percentage of Potassium that occurs naturally is in the form of a radioactive isotope, and everyone knows that bananas are high in Potassium.
    However, the Potassium isotope isn't very radioactive and has a long half-life ( the longer the half-life, the fewer atoms of any given sample will decay within a fixed time frame.) In order to ingest enough of this isotope to increase your risk of death by even one part in a million would require eating 1000 bananas in a sitting.
    Nor can you assume eating a lot of bananas over a lifetime would have an accumulative effect. This is because Potassium is an important element in the proper operation of our bodies. As such, the body regulates its potassium levels. Excess Potassium won't be stored, but will be removed through normal waste disposal. Ergo, no matter how many bananas you eat over a lifetime, you are not going to build up a store of the radioactive isotope as it will remain pretty close to being a constant through out your life.

    Besides that, the daily recommended intake of Potassium is between 3500-4700 mg, while a single banana only has 470 mg. So a banana a day only supplies you with ~13% of the lower value of the amount you need to keep healthy.
    Avoiding Potassium due to the risk of radioactivity is like avoiding drinking liquids due to the risk of drowning; You'd be doing more harm than good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ox View Post
    The Daily Hate wants to be loved.
    Are you saying they can't change their mind? That's why the message was quickly changed.
    It is nothing to do with "changing their mind" (I don't think they have one between them). It was just their desire for outrageous headlines at any cost. Even if it means making things up.

    What 'scientists' come up with these studies?
    Are they 5th rate ones who just want to be noticed?
    The problem is not the science, it is the morons who write for "newspapers" like the Daily Mail

    Meanwhile, indulge in guilty pleasures.
    The forum software ought not to allow links like that.
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    If the Hate gets it wrong, then what about this?
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/a...ad-health.html

    Having established that sitting and standing is bad for you, be also aware of this.
    https://www.thehindubusinessline.com...e21324503.ece1
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    Why exactly do you regard the hindu business line as a good source for science?
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