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Are these ‘healthy’ foods really good for you?

TIME asked nutrition experts to give us the skinny on the health world’s latest food fads. Here’s what they said.

HYDROGEN WATER

So-called hydrogen water—water into which hydrogen gas is dissolved—has become increasingly popular in recent years, with a handful of companies (including one created by physician personality Dr. Nicholas Perricone) selling bottles, tablets you can dissolve into water and even machines to boost water’s hydrogen content. Some claim that adding more hydrogen increases energy, improves workout recovery and reduces inflammation.

But the science behind those claims is weak, backed only by a few encouraging studies in rats and mice

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