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How Your Food Works: Part 2

Catalyst

With a team including a chef, chemist and dietician, this fun and fascinating 2-part series take a closer look at the foods we all love, with some surprising results. Exploring the latest scientific research behind how they are grown, processed or cooked, the series illustrates that understanding how food works can help us eat healthier (and tastier!). In the second episode, cutting edge science helps us to freeze fish so that they taste almost as good as when fresh. To see how far technology has come, a panel of sashimi lovers are subjected to the ultimate taste test: to see if they can taste the difference between fresh and cryogenically frozen kingfish. The scoop on why humans are hard-wired to desire junk food could be answered by the gelato-making process and a simple, mathematical formula. A specific ratio of carbohydrates, fats and salt can deliver the ‘bliss point’, targeting our brains’ reward system, and releasing the endorphins that makes us feel good. In stunning vineyards, sparkling wine is put under the microscope in the hope that every year will deliver a good vintage, and the chemistry of different hot and spicy foods provides some startling insights. Finally, a better understanding of some unusual crops could see them become the supermarket produce of the future.

Rating: G
Production Year: 2020
Duration: 55 min
Series: Catalyst

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