Food Detectives

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  • 2008
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.1  (87)

Food Detectives was a television show that aired on Cooking Channel from 2008 to 2010. The show focused on exploring the science behind everyday foods, debunking myths and answering common questions about what we eat. Hosted by Ted Allen, the show featured a team of food experts and scientists who conducted experiments and analyzed data to provide viewers with evidence-based information.

Throughout each episode, Ted Allen and his team tackled a variety of food-related topics, ranging from the safety of microwave cooking to the truth about organic foods. Each episode followed a similar format, with Allen introducing the topic at hand and then diving into the science behind it. Through experiments, interviews with experts and historical context, Allen and his team worked to uncover the truth behind common food myths.

One of the most popular episodes of the show explored the truth behind the claim that consuming certain foods, such as turkey, causes drowsiness after a meal. The team conducted experiments to measure the levels of tryptophan, an amino acid commonly blamed for post-dinner sleepiness, in various foods. They found that while turkey does contain tryptophan, it is present in similar amounts in many other common foods. Other factors, such as the amount of food consumed and the presence of alcohol, were found to contribute more significantly to feelings of fatigue after a meal.

In another episode, the team investigated the safety of reheating leftovers in the microwave. Through a series of experiments, they tested the bacteria levels in microwaved and conventionally reheated foods. While some viewers may have assumed that the microwave would produce less safe food, the opposite was found to be true. The team discovered that microwaving food actually kills more bacteria than other methods of reheating, making it a safe and efficient way to make leftovers.

Aside from myth-busting experiments, the show also delved into the history and cultural significance of certain foods. One episode explored the history of chocolate and how it went from a bitter drink enjoyed by the Aztecs to the popular treat we know today. Another episode explored the cultural importance of breakfast foods, such as cereal and pancakes, in America.

Throughout each episode, Ted Allen provided a comedic and relatable connection to viewers, breaking down complex scientific concepts into easily understandable terms. His enthusiasm for food and curiosity about its inner workings made the show both informative and engaging. Allen was also joined by a team of experts, including food scientists and chefs, who provided additional insights and perspectives on each topic.

Overall, Food Detectives was a unique and educational show that explored the complex and fascinating world of food. By using scientific methods to debunk common myths and explore the history of various foods, the show provided a new perspective on the foods we eat every day. With Ted Allen's signature humor and the expertise of the show's team, Food Detectives was a must-watch for anyone interested in the science behind what we eat.

Food Detectives is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (23 episodes). The series first aired on July 26, 2008.

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All You Can Eat
13. All You Can Eat
September 7, 2010
Ted Allen and the Food Detectives investigate the Calorie.
12. Nightcaps?
August 31, 2010
Ted Allen finds out if a warm glass of milk before bed really helps sleep.
New York City Pizza
11. New York City Pizza
July 13, 2010
Ted Allen tests if tapping a soda can really prevents it from exploding.
Chewing the Fat
10. Chewing the Fat
September 14, 2010
Ted Allen wants to know what labels like "low fat" and "light" really mean.
Liquid Nitrogen Cocktails
9. Liquid Nitrogen Cocktails
August 17, 2010
Ted Allen makes some really cool cocktails using a tank of liquid nitrogen.
Smells Delicious
8. Smells Delicious
March 17, 2009
Ted Allen conducts a taste test to find out how much taste relies on smell.
Small Plate Club
7. Small Plate Club
March 10, 2009
The Food Detectives investigate if the size of your plate can make you fat.
Moldy Cheese
6. Moldy Cheese
February 24, 2009
Bleu cheese has Ted Allen wondering what makes moldy cheese okay to eat.
Liquid Smoke
5. Liquid Smoke
February 17, 2009
Ted Allen recruits twins to find out if drinking water makes skin better.
The Effects of MSG
4. The Effects of MSG
February 10, 2009
Ted Allen investigates the effects of eating food that contains MSG.
Miracle Berry
3. Miracle Berry
February 3, 2009
Ted Allen investigates the chemistry that makes diet cola and Mentos erupt.
Bad Breath Cures
2. Bad Breath Cures
January 27, 2009
Ted Allen invites an expert to sniff out the best cure for bad breath.
Tastes Like Chicken
1. Tastes Like Chicken
January 20, 2009
Food techs are subjected to a very unusual taste test given by Ted Allen.
Where to Watch Food Detectives
Food Detectives is available for streaming on the Cooking Channel website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Food Detectives on demand at Food Network.
  • Premiere Date
    July 26, 2008
  • IMDB Rating
    7.1  (87)