Food detectives search for truth
WHAT’S the deal with the five-second floor rule?
Does turkey really make you sleep?
Is double-dipping really unsanitary?
T u n e i n f o r a l l t h e s e answers and plenty more in the new TV series, Food Detectives, just started on the D i s c o v e r y C h a n n e l o n AUSTAR.
Science meets food as Ted Allen, formerly of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, and his band of culinary sleuths conduct experiments to find the truth behind all of your burning food conundrums.
The 23 episodes cover just about everything you can think of when it comes to puzzling food questions – the first few episodes covered topics such as ‘‘ Can I really eat something off the floor if I pick it up in less than 5 seconds? How do I stop my mouth from burning after I’ve eaten spicy food?’’ and ‘‘ Is the baking soda in my fridge doing anything?’’
Ted and his t eam discovered t he t r uth about double dipping, and took a dizzying joyride to find out if an old wives’ tale had any truth: could ginger really
Ted Allen in the new show Food Detectives help with motion sickness?
Then they found out the most effective technique to quell tears while chopping onions.
Ted Allen and his Food Techs have a real headache of an experiment on their hands as they investigate how to prevent brain freeze.
This week’s episode features Ted and the Food Techs finding out if swallowed gum stays in your stomach for seven years; do we smell like what we eat; and the true cleanliness of the complimentary after-dinner mints found in many restaurants.
And fascinating upcoming issues cover such diverse topics as the best way to get gum out of your hair; the truth behind whether or not eating a poppy seed bagel will actually cause someone to test positive for opiates; remedies for hangovers; can cola dissolve a penny or even a tooth; the best home reme d y f o r h e a r t b u r n ; a n d determining if meats like alligator and guinea pig truly do ‘ taste like chicken’. • screens at 8.30pm every Thursday on the Discovery Channel.