Final Episode The Secrets Of Your Food
In the final episode of BBC Two’s The Secret Of Your Food, Michael and James explore the effect of ‘food on the brain’. The brain is one of the greediest organs in the body in terms of the energy it needs to run. The way it influences our diet is, in the main, by generating the cravings we all experience.
One such craving is for fat – the most energy rich food of them all. James heads off to Peru to discover the source of the food that has a most powerful hold over the brain: chocolate. Its primary ingredient is cocoa butter, which has a unique quality that’s just right for a delicious melt-in-the-mouth feeling. And this has a very characteristic effect on a set of receptors on the tongue.
To understand these recently understood receptors, Michael is in Turkey where a unique cream is made that has a very similar effect on the tongue. It’s called Kaymak and is traditionally produced from the rich milk of water buffalo