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Michael Mosley and James Wong reveal the science of our food. James visits the Peruvian Andes to learn how a bitter potato helps inhabitants survive the altitude.

Michael Mosley and James Wong explore the sensations, tastes and flavours we enjoy in our food. From luscious strawberries that deceive us into thinking they are sweeter than they actually are, to the tastiest French sea salt combined with caramel that delights the tongue. Together they unpack the wonderful evolutionary story of our food and our sense of taste and smell.

Michael heads to Spain to search for some of the most powerful tastes on the planet, whilst 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. Using the latest imaging techniques to take us inside our food, right down to the molecular level, Michael and James offer us a whole new way of thinking about taste: far more than being just delicious, it's actually a matter of survival.

1 hour

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:06

    Goodie Mob

    Invitation To The World Party

  • 00:38

    The Performers

    A Long Goodbye

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Michael Mosley
Presenter James Wong
Series Producer Gideon Bradshaw
Producer Toby Macdonald
Director Toby MacDonald

Broadcasts

  • Fri 3 Mar 2017 21:00
  • Sat 4 Mar 2017 21:15
  • Mon 6 Mar 2017 23:15
  • Mon 6 Mar 2017 23:45
  • Thu 30 Mar 2017 00:35
  • Thu 14 Jun 2018 23:45

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Food or Not? What does your instinct say? Play our quiz and learn more food secrets with The Open University

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