The Truth about Healthy Eating: Introduction (02:08)
Fiona Phillips tries to be a healthy eater. She will team up with experts to better understand how we can eat and drink our way to good health. She will test top-selling health drinks, supplements, and detox products.
Philips purchases goji berries, chia seeds, coconut oil, kale, and quinoa for their health benefits; Sian Porter finds healthy alternatives for less money.
Superfoods vs. Alternatives (05:18)
Dr. Gunter Kuhnle tests blood samples of volunteers for vitamin C levels from goji berries versus strawberries and the energy release of quinoa versus pearl barley. He analyzes scientific data of coconut oil versus rapeseed oil; chia seeds versus linseeds; and kale versus cabbage.
Breakfast Foods (05:17)
Dr. James Brown, Dr. Graeme Close, and volunteers test three popular British breakfasts to determine which provides "the best start" and leaves them feeling full until lunch—cereal, fruit and yogurt, and grilled bacon and hard boiled eggs.
Whole Grain Digestion (03:10)
Dr. Giles Major demonstrates what happens when people consume foods rich in fiber. He and his team measure the length of time it takes course oats and milled oats to pass through the gut.
Healthy Morning Start (03:20)
Dr. James Brown and Dr. Graeme Close reveal which of three popular British breakfasts provide the healthiest start—cereal, fruit and yogurt, or grilled bacon and hard boiled eggs. Protein is a key factor in feeling fuller.
Health Drinks (03:57)
Smoothies are full of antioxidants; people in Britain spend £250 million a year. Dr. Gordon McDougall demonstrates what happens to antioxidants when they are consumed.
Phillips avoids foods with antioxidants for 48 hours to establish a baseline. She consumes a smoothie rich in antioxidants and undergoes several blood tests to see if her levels rise.
Dietary Supplements (03:24)
People in Britain spend over £300 million a year of vitamins and fish oils. Philips experiments whether or not multivitamins increase her vitamin levels. Studies reveal that multivitamins can increase risks for certain conditions.
Marketing Tools (05:13)
Will Awdry helps Phillips market an ordinary bottle of tap water as something special. They choose a name and bottle design and Phillips tests it on the public.
Most people believe they need to consume two liters of water a day; research suggests one liter is sufficient. Phillips investigates whether other drinks are as hydrating as water using a group of volunteers. Dr. Stuart Galloway explains elements of good hydration.
Some foods and drinks claim to remove toxins from our bodies. Phillips recruits volunteers to determine whether a balanced diet or a detox diet better reduces toxin loads. Phillips reflects on what she learned making this film.
Credits: The Truth about Healthy Eating (00:32)
Credits: The Truth about Healthy Eating
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