Extenso: French-Language Resource for Questions on Nutrition

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If you understand French and need an evidence-based resource to help navigate food-related pseudoscience, you may be interested in Extenso. I stumbled upon it recently and, while I have not looked at it thoroughly, a decent skimming of its short articles reassured me that this Université de Montréal project is based on solid science.

They even explain how they rate the scientific credibility of a particular claim. This level of rigour and transparency is encouraging, as not all scientific evidence is equal.

Their section on food myths (Mythes alimentaires) might be of particular interest to Cracked Science readership. They write about the use of zinc supplements to help combat the common cold, the pervasive myth that healthy adults must take vitamin and mineral supplements, and whether or not certain food items significantly acidify the body, a pseudoscientific belief that forms the basis of a…

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