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Do You Know If These Food "Facts" Are True Or False?

How many common misconceptions will you fall for?

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  1. 1.

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    Correct!
    Wrong!

    A stick of celery has about 10 calories, but it only takes 2 calories to digest it, according to Dr Tim Garvey, chair of the Department of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama.

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    Kale has 150mg calcium per 100g, whereas whole milk has 113mg.

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    It never burns off entirely, although most of it will in recipes that require a long enough cooking time. A study published in 1992 tested six recipes and found that they retained between 4 and 85% of the alcohol content after cooking.

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    There are actually a ton! Unlike most proteins derived from animals, not all plant-derived proteins are "complete". But plenty are, including cauliflower, black beans, and quinoa.

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    Some components in the chewing gum will break down in your digestive system. What doesn't will just pass through you undisturbed.

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    It's true! According to the NHS, 10 minutes of exposure to sunlight twice a day in the summer should give you enough vitamin D to last the year. So go forth and bask.

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    Cherries, strawberries, and peaches do too.

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    They grow underground!

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    The food colouring known as cochineal, carmine, carminic acid, natural red 4, and E120, is made from an extract from squished scales of the female cochineal bug.

  10. 10.

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    Wrong!

    Bananas are rich in potassium, and 0.012% of naturally occurring potassium is radioactive, making bananas slightly radioactive. It's not just bananas, though – all foods rich in potassium are slightly radioactive. In fact, humans contain naturally occurring potassium, making us slightly radioactive too.

Do You Know If These Food "Facts" Are True Or False?

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Kelly Oakes is science editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.

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