Dr. Oz Reveals the Secrets of Food and the Human Body in the Truth About Food From Discovery Health and the BBC

Tuesday, August 21, 2007 General News
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SILVER SPRING, Md., Aug. 20 Forget the different headlinesyou read about the food you eat. Discovery Health and the BBC present aseries of landmark scientific investigations that deliver astounding insightson how your diet directly affects your body and mind -- and how you can usefood to increase the quality of your daily life. A six-hour miniseries eventspread over three consecutive days, and hosted by Dr. Mehmet Oz, THE TRUTHABOUT FOOD, is the definitive guide to what you eat -- answering lingeringquestions and busting everyday myths about nutrition. THE TRUTH ABOUT FOODpremieres in the United States on Monday, September 17, at 8 PM (ET/PT) onDiscovery Health.

While its playful tone and stylish production offer pure entertainment,THE TRUTH ABOUT FOOD is based on hard science -- original studies and testsdesigned specifically for the series. World-renowned cardiothoracic surgeon,best-selling author and Discovery Health's Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr.Oz, leads audiences on a journey through more than 30 original, groundbreakingexperiments that were captured on film from inception to implementation. Dr.Oz will also be featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show on Monday, September 17, todiscuss the background behind some of the key experiments in THE TRUTH ABOUTFOOD.

Discovery Health and the BBC worked with leading food scientists fromaround the world, including more than 50 nutritionists, doctors and expertsfrom more than 20 universities, research centers and hospitals in the UnitedKingdom, the United States and Denmark. Researchers and scientists recruitedmore than 500 volunteers, many of whom participated in rigorous testing. Togain a better understanding of how food can impact the human body, thesevolunteers endured everything from exotic diets and changes in environmentalconditions to the latest biomedical sensors and internal body scans.

Through it all, THE TRUTH ABOUT FOOD delivers some of the most compellingand groundbreaking nutritional and behavioral science available anywhere.Viewers will see convincing proof of the incredible and sometimes shockingeffect of food on the inner workings of the body, from the immune system andappetite to the memory and libido.

A companion book, The Truth About Food: What You Eat Can Change Your Life,by Jill Fullerton-Smith, with a foreword by Dr. Oz, is set to be released byBloomsbury, U.S.A. on September 4, 2007.

THE TRUTH ABOUT FOOD premieres on Discovery Health on Monday, September17, at 8 PM (ET/PT) with the episode, How to Be Healthy. Discovery Healthwill air two back-to-back one-hour premieres each night for three consecutivenights, starting on Monday at 8 PM and 9 PM (ET/PT), and continuing throughWednesday, September 19. Additional studies and extensive backgroundinformation on the research is available at www.discoveryhealth.com.

What we eat can change our lives. How to Be Healthy follows nine fast-food junkies to an enclosure at a British zoo as they crunch their way throughhalf a ton of raw fruits and vegetables in just 12 days. Join two truckerswho have to swallow an unusual pill to get their internal traffic jams moving.Learn how the bacteria in the gut also enjoy our food, and how it can lead towindy side effects.


Premiere: Monday, September 17, at 9 PM

This episode puts our volunteers' bodies on the line to discover just whateffect food can have on our sex lives. Is the way to a person's heart reallythrough the stomach? Can fruit and vegetables boost sperm quality andquantity? How might cheese help relieve the symptoms of PMS? And can youtell if a woman is attracted to you by the contents of her dinner plate?

THE TRUTH ABOUT FOOD: How to Feed Your Kids

Premiere: Tuesday, September 18, at 8 PM

In a warm-hearted look at children's stubborn palates, this episodeprov

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