A new TV series kicks off tomorrow night (Friday February 24) revealing the physics, chemistry and biology hidden inside our food.
Presented by Michael Mosley and James Wong, ‘The Secrets of Your Food’ airs on BBC2 at 9pm.
During the series, the pair will travel the world in a culinary adventure to search for the origins of our favourite foods. Using specialist photography and CGI, they will take us on a journey inside our food, right down to the molecular level.
In the opening episode, Michael begins by trying the first meal most of us enjoyed, human breast milk.
In San Francisco, they unravel why sourdough bread is so good for us; in the Philippines, they learn how a river weed – rice – has become a staple food; and in Bulgaria, they discover why letting your mushrooms sunbathe may help you get a calcium boost from your dairy food.
In episode two on Friday March 3, Michael and James explore food’s sensations, tastes and flavours, from strawberries that deceive us into thinking they are sweeter than they actually are, to French sea salt combined with caramel.
Michael then heads to Spain to search for some of the most powerful tastes on the planet, while James travels high in the Peruvian Andes to discover how a bitter potato – a cousin of the humble spud – has been tamed to help the inhabitants survive the extreme altitude.
James Wong and Michael Mosley