Series 1, Episode 10 : Air Date 18th Aug 7:00pm

Food Investigators

Food Investigators

In this week’s episode we answer the 36 billion dollar question, is fat mainly to blame for making more than 60% of Australians overweight or obese? In an earlier episode we discovered that sugar in our diet isn’t the major culprit for the country’s obesity problem, so what role does fat play? And what’s the difference between saturated, polyunsaturated and trans fats? Which are the good ones and which are to be avoided? Joe Avati has the facts on fat.

We know obesity leads to many medical complications, including the fastest growing chronic disease facing us today - Type 2 Diabetes. Unlike Type 1 Diabetes, known as juvenile onset (which you’re basically born with), Type 2 is related to our lifestyle – in particular how much and what we eat, which is why the disease that now affects more than 1.5 million Australians has been labeled ‘Diabesity.’ A diet rich in fatty, sugary, and starchy foods has many of us carrying too much fat around the mid-section, often leading to Type 2 Diabetes. But the good news is that up to 60% of cases of Type 2 Diabetes can be prevented by a better diet, eating less, and losing 5-10% of our body weight. We show you how diet can help prevent and treat this disease of over-indulgence.

So which countries have the healthiest diet? Well a recent worldwide survey showed that those in the Nordic region are at the top of the list when it comes to good health and longevity. Iceland, Sweden, and Finland are recognised as the top three healthiest nations, and a lot of that has to do with what they eat. Joe Avati road tests Nordic cuisine to find out what’s in it and why it’s so good for us.

And food plays such an important part in many of our celebratory occasions, that we often just associate eating with feeling good. But did you know that there are certain foods that set off chemical reactions in our body, which can actually improve our mood and lift our spirits…Dietitian Hanan Saleh has some good mood foods.

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