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Food Investigators

All Episodes 2009

  • Ended
  • SBS
  • 2009-05-20T00:00:00Z
  • 30 mins
  • 5 hours, 0 mins
  • Australia
  • English
  • Documentary, Home And Garden
Hospital doctor, actor and healthy eating enthusiast Dr Renee Lim is a woman with a mission. From domestic kitchens to high tech factories, from farmers markets to supermarkets, she’s out and about finding exactly what Australians are eating. Assisted by food scientist-turned-stand-up comedian Joe Avati and a team of top dieticians, the Food Investigators will use cutting edge science to take us through food debates, health scares and uncover exactly how our food is made. Confused by labels? Lite, natural? What they say isn’t always what they mean. We’ll have an insiders’ guide to deconstructing the information on the packet. Plus our investigators will be looking at common misconceptions: why processed is sometimes better than fresh. When frozen is sometimes the best option. Do you always walk the same route round the supermarket? Can you always find exactly what you want? We’ll be finding out the science behind your shopping experience. Can what you eat help you get a good night’s sleep? Does eating like our ancestors improve our health? Is soup the answer to Australia’s obesity crisis? Our teams of volunteers will trial the latest thinking in diets and report back. And the staples in your cupboard - eggs, bread, milk. The choice is now bewildering, so how do you choose? Our experts will be able to help you through the maze. Food Investigators will investigate the food on our plates, revealing the facts behind the food we eat that will surprise you, shock you, and definitely affect your appetite.

10 episodes

1x01 Salt

  • Series Premiere

    2009-05-20T09:00:00Z — 30 mins

On the first episode of Food Investigators Dr Renee Lim investigates one of the biggest dangers to our national health: salt. She finds out where it's hiding in our food.

1x02 Kebabs

  • 2009-05-27T09:00:00Z — 30 mins

On the second episode of Food Investigators, Dr Renee Lim and Joe Avati put the kebab in rehab. They'll be finding out why one of Australia's favourite snacks might not be as bad for you as you think.

1x03 Ice Cream

  • 2009-06-03T09:00:00Z — 30 mins

On Food Investigators tonight, Dr Renee Lim researches ice-cream - why does it now have so many ingredients, what are they and why are they necessary. She'll also be looking at how much Australia is eating - is four serves a week too much for our nation's health?

1x04 Tough Times

  • 2009-06-10T09:00:00Z — 30 mins

The Heptinstall family spend a week eating like great grandma's family in the 1940s. What can we learn in these tough times about how mum, dad and the kids coming together for real family meals makes a real difference? We also investigate whether chicken soup has curative properties, and reveal how every time you step into a major super-market you are being taken on a carefully planned psychological ride designed to mess with your mind and stimulate your senses.

1x05 Food Processing

  • 2009-06-17T09:00:00Z — 30 mins

Highly processed and fast foods are a major contributor to the risk of bowel cancer, which kills 80 Australians every week. In fact we have one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world. Joe Avati investigates. Unless you're lactose intolerant, you'll probably drink around a hundred litres of cow's milk each year. But what is it you're actually drinking? Why doesn't milk taste like it used to when you were a kid? We also revisit the Heptinstall family to see the unexpected results of the World War 2 diet.

1x06 Episode 6

  • 2009-06-24T09:00:00Z — 30 mins

On Episode Six of Food Investigators, Joe Avati and Food Investigator dietitian, Hanan Saleh, come up with the definitive answer to the question of what is the most nutritious seafood of them all.

1x07 Chilli

  • 2009-07-01T09:00:00Z — 30 mins

On episode seven of Food Investigators: Red Hot Chilli Peppers, we examine the amazing health benefits of the fiery fruit from South America. Host Joe Avati takes on the hottest chilli in the world, the King Cobra of chilli's which rates one million on the chilli heat scale, and we explain that the burn is not a burn at all. It's all in your mind.

1x08 Gluten

  • 2009-07-08T09:00:00Z — 30 mins

'Gluten free' has become the latest food fad, with products popping up everywhere in cafes cake shops and supermarkets. But is going gluten free any better for us, or is it all a matter of marketing hype to convince us that it's the healthy alternative? Our dietitian Geraldine Georgiou investigates.

1x09 Bread

  • 2009-07-15T09:00:00Z — 30 mins

Choosing your daily bread these days can be a complex and confusing decision, with entire supermarket aisles full of choices. So what’s best for you out of the wholemeals, wholegrains, whites, enriched whites, ryes... and the list goes on. And are those hand-baked artisan bakery breads worth the extra dough?

1x10 Fat

  • 2009-07-22T09:00:00Z — 30 mins

In tonight’s episode we answer the 36 billion dollar question, is fat mainly to blame for making more than 60% of Australians overweight or obese? In an earlier episode we discovered that sugar in our diet isn’t the major culprit for the country’s obesity problem, so what role does fat play? And what’s the difference between saturated, polyunsaturated and trans fats? Which are the good ones and which are to be avoided? Joe Avati has the facts on fat.