What’s Really in Our Food?

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What’s Really in Our Food?

3.8

Here’s a lively, valuable series that investigates the food we eat, exploring where it comes from and how it's made, demystifying the science, testing the ingredients and translating the labels. The program offers a guide on what to eat to improve physical and mental performance as well as what to avoid, from pesticides to superbugs and plastic residues.

Each episode takes an up close look at a food to address these questions: What is going to give us the most nutritional benefit? Is there a health risk? How much is too much? International food experts—leading medical professionals, scientists and nutritionists— unravel the processes involved in the production of our food. Presented by Petra Bagust and Carolyn Robinson in an entertaining style, this is essential viewing for anyone who eats.

Season

Season 1: 2008

What's Really in Our Food? – Season 1: Episodes with Petra Bagust from 2008.

Season 2: 2009

What's Really in Our Food? – Season 2: Episodes from 2009 with Petra Bagust.

Season 3: 2011

What's Really in Our Food? – Season 3: Episodes with Carolyn Robinson from 2011.

Season 4: 2012

What's Really in Our Food? – Season 4: Episodes with Carolyn Robinson from 2012.

Episode List

Chicken makes up a billion dollar industry, but does the way we raise our chickens affect their flavor and our health?
3.5625
23 minutes
E2 Fish
Fish is traditionally seen as a healthy food, but today there’s lots of talk of heavy metals and dioxins in our seafood. So what should we believe?
3.833335
23 minutes
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but the bowl of cereal that we eat every morning could have more salt in it than a bag of chips, and more sugar than a can of coke.
4
22 minutes
Processed meat can make for a convenient meal, but how much of it is really meat? And what else is in it?
5
23 minutes
We are supposed to eat 5 servings of fruit and vegetables a day, but what counts as a serving, and is fresh always best?
4.714285
23 minutes
Sugar, fat and salt are the “three big nasties” in our modern diet, and they’re lurking in our junk food – those delicious treats we can’t resist. And what about the other additives? How do they affect us?
4
23 minutes
The packaging around our food protects the food and makes it look good, but sometimes it misleads us, and some plastic packaging contains potentially harmful chemicals that can pass into our food.
5
23 minutes
It’s hard to imagine a more basic staple of the Western diet than bread, but what about the issues surrounding carbohydrates and wheat?
5
23 minutes
Coffee contains caffeine, the most widely consumed drug in the world. So does drinking too much coffee do us any harm, and how much is too much?
4.555555
23 minutes
We eat a huge variety of food from all over the world, but without country-of-origin labeling, we do not always know what conditions it has been grown or manufactured in, or how safe it is.
4.833335
23 minutes
Juice, fruit drinks, fruit-flavored drinks – they are all fruit drinks but some can contain 100% fruit and some contain no fruit at all!
4.75
23 minutes
E2 Eggs
Are eggs truly a superfood? But can too many eggs do us more harm than good?
4.5
23 minutes
In this episode Petra digs the dirt on spuds.
5
23 minutes
How much do we really know about what we are putting on our toast?
3.666665
23 minutes
E5 Beef
What role – if any – does beef have in a healthy diet?
4.75
23 minutes
E6 Wine
Is wine a health tonic packed full of antioxidants or is it a cancer-causing drug?
4
23 minutes
What’s really in our cookies and crackers, and are there any that are good for us?
5
23 minutes
Petra investigates the link between cheese and heart disease, and whether some cheeses are healthier than others.
4.333335
23 minutes
E9 Nuts
Are nuts little more than a fatty snack or are they a tasty superfood?
5
23 minutes
Petra hopes to find some nutritional evidence that will justify our appetite for chocolate.
4.5
23 minutes
Ice cream – is it simply fat and sugar-laden junk food or is there some nutritional goodness?
2.875
23 minutes
They’re on our salads and in our frying pans but which oils are best for different uses, and which are best for us?
5
23 minutes
E3 Beer
With 47 billion gallons of beer drunk around the world each year, beer is second only to tea as the world’s most popular beverage.
2
22 minutes
Whether fresh, frozen, dried, locally grown or imported, we can now buy berries all year round. But is their reputation as a nutritional superfruit deserved or is it just marketing hype?
5
23 minutes
Modern life is fast and hectic, and when you’re a dollar short and a day late a cheap and instant rice or noodle meal looks like a good option. But do genetic engineering, cancer-causing additives and bucket loads of salt and fat make these meals too ...
3.666665
23 minutes
Can Yogurt really help us lose weight? Are probiotics the elixir of life or marketing hype? What’s really in our Yogurt?
4
23 minutes
E7 Soy
Soy is in an enormous amount of processed food. So, is it healthy or is it toxic?
3
23 minutes
Shellfish are considered a gastronomic delight, but are they good for us? Can we be confident that what we buy is safe?
5
22 minutes
E9 Pork
Is cruelty to pigs the price we pay for ham sandwiches? Is some pork full of hormones and antibiotics? And do the nitrates in ham and bacon cause stomach cancer?
5
23 minutes
E10 Beans
Carolyn explores whether Baked Beans are better than Spaghetti, learns more about a simple nutrient that can help prevent illnesses like heart disease and seeks the answer to an age old question – do beans really cause flatulence?
5
23 minutes
We munch our way through millions of burgers each week. But are they made with meat containing hormonal growth promotions?
0
22 minutes
Curry is an exotic dish that has now become a local favorite around the globe.
0
23 minutes
E3 Milk
New Zealand produces more than 17 billion liters of milk in a year. So is it really a nutritional super food?
1
23 minutes
Fish and Chips are no doubt delicious, but is fish a nutritious super food or stuffed to the gills with heavy metals?
0
23 minutes
Roast Lamb has been a favorite in New Zealand since their colonial times, but are we serving up hormones, antibiotics and pesticides with our dinner?
0
22 minutes
Are our drinks essential for hydration, or are they cocktails of sugar and additives?
0
22 minutes
Every year, New Zealanders polish off about 70 million meat pies, which they believe makes them the biggest pie eaters in the world.
0
23 minutes
Are our salads making us healthier, or are they filling our bodies with natural toxins and pesticides?
0
23 minutes
Chips are one of the most popular savory snack foods. But is the range of new flavors simply marketing?
0
22 minutes
We are increasingly turning to foods that promise to help us slim down or muscle up. Do any of them actually work, or are they just a big con?
4.5
22 minutes

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