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Pharmacies are full of things that won’t necessarily heal us — vitamin C, homeopathic drops, probiotics — but we shrug and buy them anyway because, hey, they can’t hurt. But now we have some concrete evidence that probiotics can hurt, if they aren’t exactly the right ones for the health condition you’re trying to treat.

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Coconut oil has a great reputation as a healthy, natural, even miraculous substance — even though, as far as we can tell, it never really did anything to earn that reputation. Now a professor is making headlines for calling it “poison” in a lecture in Germany. What do you really need to know about coconut oil?

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If you intended to breastfeed your child, but end up wanting or needing to give formula, you may think you’ve switched teams: You’re now a formula feeder. But it isn’t an all-or-nothing choice, and part-time breastfeeding has important benefits.

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If you ate nothing but steak for breakfast, lunch and dinner, would you die? Get scurvy? Have terrible poops? To be honest, the science isn't totally clear on this, but we asked some experts anyway. (Spoiler: they think it's a bad idea.)

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Some (not all!) grain-free dog foods are getting extra scrutiny from the FDA, after several dogs in the US who ate those foods developed a rare canine heart disease.

You don’t have to ditch your dog’s favourite food just because it’s grain-free, but it’s worth taking a look at why you chose it and whether it’s really the best choice.

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We might need to get used to the phrase 'almond juice' pretty soon.

There is currently a war being waged between the world's dairy industries and manufacturers of almond and soy-based "milks". American, European and Australian farmers have all been pushing to have the word banned from packaging on non-dairy products. Is this fair? Or censorship gone mad? Let's take a look at the evidence.

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We all need protein, but meat isn’t the only place to find it. People who swap out animal protein for plant-based alternatives often end up eating healthier diets, but there are a few things you need to know before assuming that plant protein is always healthier.

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Dear Lifehacker, Why is all pizza these days so freaking salty? I don't just mean somewhat salty; I mean if I made my own and dropped the salt shaker in it that would still be less salty than my local Domino's or Pizza Hut. Can they add so much salt? Surely that can't be healthy. Do pizza makers have to comply with any rules in this area or can they legally add as much salt as they want?

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While there are many quick breakfasts - buttered toast, granola bar, banana - cereal reigns supreme. But a new contender has climbed the ranks: Soylent, the nutrient slurry marketed to busy Millennials. Both are convenient, but neither is very natural. Which is a better option on a rushed morning?

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Non-dairy milks aren't perfect fill-ins for cow squeezings. They're made by watering down various plant products and their nutrition facts are nothing like dairy milks — or each other. A pair of scientists recently declared soy milk to be the most nutritious non-dairy milk. It doesn't really matter which one you put in your coffee, though.

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We all need vitamins, but that doesn't mean you need to take a vitamin. This week, science gave us another brick for the giant "vitamin pills are useless for most of us" sign that's been under construction for a while. (It's a metaphor, but I imagine it as something like the Hollywood sign, except nobody looks at it because they're all busy shopping for vitamins in the valley below.)

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Dear Lifehacker, In the past, I've assumed most doctors are charlatans, and only visited them in matter of dire emergency (needing a sick note for work, week-long flu, etc.). I am now reaching a point in my life where my body and mind are getting older and I am reconsidering past decisions.

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Pet food aisles are full of packages that claim to hold "natural" and "holistic" foods, with pictures of fresh vegetables and roast chicken on the front. But there's not much difference between these foods and the cheapest by-product-filled kibble. Here's what you can expect to find in your pet's food.

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We eat a lot of ultra-processed food, and these foods tend to be sugary and not so great for us. But the problem isn't necessarily the fact that they're ultra-processed. This is a weird and arguably unfair way to categorise foods, so let's take a look at what "ultra-processed" really means.