The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread?

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Cbd (cannabidiol) Products - Cannabidiol (cbd) Products20200401

CBD, short for cannabidoil, is one of the big buzzwords in health and well being products. A naturally occurring molecule of the cannabis plant, it’s popping up in everything - aside from the CBD oil tinctures, you can now eat it, down it in drinks, vape it, lather it on your skin and soak in it. You can even buy sports leggings infused with it.

Consumer interest in CBD-based products shows no sign of abating, with enthusiasts claiming a whole host of benefits from relieving anxiety, to easing pain and helping us sleep.

The theory behind how CBD might work seems promising - CBD shares similarities with endocannabinoids, produced naturally in the body, which help to regulate stress, sleep, metabolism, memory, inflammation, and immunity.

Given the deluge of different CBD-based products, should we really believe the hype?

Greg Foot is in the studio with beauty columnist Sali Hughes and Saoirse O’Sullivan, an expert in cannabinoid research, to find out if these products really are The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread.

Presenter: Greg Foot
Producer: Beth Eastwood

Greg Foot finds out if there's any science behind the current craze in CBD-based products.

The facts behind the fads and the scientific evidence behind a product's bold claims.

Cbd (cannabidiol) Products - Cannabidiol (cbd) Products2020040820200415 (R4)
20200418 (R4)

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of the big buzzwords in health and well being products. A naturally occurring molecule of the cannabis plant, it’s popping up in everything - aside from the CBD oil tinctures, you can now eat it, down it in drinks, vape it, lather it on your skin and soak in it. You can even buy sports leggings infused with it.

Consumer interest in CBD-based products shows no sign of abating, with enthusiasts claiming a whole host of benefits from relieving anxiety, to easing pain and helping us sleep.

The theory behind how CBD might work seems promising - CBD shares similarities with endocannabinoids, produced naturally in the body, which help to regulate stress, sleep, metabolism, memory, inflammation, and immunity.

Given the deluge of different CBD-based products, should we really believe the hype?

Greg Foot is in the studio with beauty columnist Sali Hughes and Saoirse O’Sullivan, an expert in cannabinoid research, to find out if these products really are The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread.

Presenter: Greg Foot
Producer: Beth Eastwood

Greg Foot finds out if there's any science behind the current craze in CBD-based products.

The facts behind the fads and the scientific evidence behind a product's bold claims.

Greg Foot talks to beauty columnist Sali Hughes and Saoirse O’Sullivan, an expert in cannabinoid research, to find out if these products really are The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread.

0101Skin Care: Collagen And Charcoal20190206

Can collagen face cream reduce wrinkles and make your skin more youthful? Will activated charcoal really purify your pores? Science presenter and YouTuber Greg Foot is on a mission to bust marketing BS, looking for the facts behind the fads and challenging products’ bold claims with scientific evidence.

In the first episode, Greg is joined by actress and beauty blogger Rebecca Humphries, consultant dermatologist Dr Emma Wedgeworth and Cambridge Professor of Chemistry, Melinda Duer. Together they discuss whether collagen face creams really can 'support' or 'boost' collagen production and explore the science behind activated charcoal - could it act as a 'magnet' to draw out dirt and pollution from your pores as some products claim?

Presenter: Greg Foot
Producer: Graihagh Jackson

Greg Foot is joined by beauty blogger Rebecca Humphries to study the science of skin care.

The facts behind the fads and the scientific evidence behind a product's bold claims.

Can collagen face cream reduce wrinkles and make your skin more youthful? Will charcoal really purify your pores? Science presenter and YouTuber Greg Foot is on a mission to bust marketing BS, looking for the facts behind the fads and challenging products’ bold claims with scientific evidence.

This week, Greg takes on collagen face creams to see if they can 'support' or 'boost' collagen production and looks at the science behind charcoal - could it act as a 'magnet' to draw out dirt and pollution from your pores? Together with leading scientific experts and a special guest, they’ll decide if these latest beauty crazes really are the Best Thing Since Sliced Bread.

Greg Foot is on a mission to bust marketing BS, looking for the facts behind skin products

0102Winter Bugs: Hand Sanitisers And Vitamin C20190213

With offices and schools set to a soundtrack of sniffles, science presenter and YouTuber Greg Foot is on mission to find 'The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread' to beat the winter bugs.

Joining him in the studio is rapper, podcaster and actor Scroobius Pip, a man for whom protecting his voice is a professional priority. Under the microscope today are two popular products used to kill colds in their tracks - hand sanitisers and vitamin C.

Virologist Wendy Barclay from Imperial College London and microbiologist Lindsay Hall from the Quadram Institute in Norwich are both on hand to help separate the facts from the fads, to decide if these products really are The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread.

Plus they'll be giving you their Top Tips, backed by real scientific evidence, for beating the winter bugs.

Presenter: Greg Foot
Producer: Michelle Martin

What beats the winter bugs? Scroobius Pip joins Greg to test hand sanitisers and vitamin C

The facts behind the fads and the scientific evidence behind a product's bold claims.

0103Health Drinks: Kombucha And Turmeric20190220

It's the wonder drink becoming popular as an alternative to alcohol, but is kombucha, which some claim can improve your gut health, really all it’s cracked up to be? Turmeric might be best-known as a key ingredient in Indian cookery but these days you're just as likely to find it in a latte or as an espresso-style shot. So what about claims that it has potential to help prevent memory loss, reduce inflammation and improve your mood? To discuss the science behind these popular health trends, presenter Greg Foot is joined by Blur bassist turned cheese maker Alex James, Dr Bridgette Wilson, a research dietitian from King’s College London and Sophie Medlin, a lecturer and researcher in nutrition and dietetics, also from King’s College London. Together they’ll explore the evidence and decide whether these products really are the best thing since sliced bread or just marketing BS.

Presenter: Greg Foot
Producer: Marijke Peters
Studio Manager: Sue Maillot
Editor: Rami Tzabar

Blur bassist and food fanatic Alex James helps Greg put these wonder drinks to the test.

The facts behind the fads and the scientific evidence behind a product's bold claims.

0104 LASTTopical Pain Relief20190227

Do topical pain products really relieve aching muscles? Presenter Greg Foot is on a bunk busting mission to separate science fact from science fiction. He is joined by three-time Olympic medallist heptathlete Kelly Sotherton, along with consultant rheumatologist Dr Benjamin Ellis and Manchester United FC’s head of physical therapies Prof Michael Callaghan, to discuss the gels and sprays that promise to reach deep into painful joints. They find out whether any of these products can relieve aches after exercise and investigate the role of placebo in helping to reduce pain. Greg also gets his elbow strapped up with some brightly coloured elastic sports tape increasingly popular with amateurs, as well as professional sportspeople. It’s claimed the tape provides mechanical support for muscles and joints and improves circulation. But what does the evidence say?

Producer: Marijke Peters

Greg foot and Olympic heptathlete Kelly Sotherton test a range of topical pain products.

The facts behind the fads and the scientific evidence behind a product's bold claims.

0201Caffeine Hair Products2020040120200408 (R4)
20200411 (R4)

Can caffeine hair products prevent our hair from getting thinner as we get older and, even better, reverse the process? Or does this ingredient just end up going down the plughole?

Joining him in the studio is Ian Carmichael, Senior Director in Styling at Trevor Sorbie, the Hair Salon, who styles many high profile heads including Her Majesty the Queen’s.

Dermatologist Dr Paul Farrant, from Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust, is on hand to put two products through the evidence mill, separating the facts from the fads to reveal whether caffeine hair products really are The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread.

Presenter: Greg Foot
Producer: Beth Eastwood

Greg Foot and his guests puts caffeine hair products through the evidence mill.

The facts behind the fads and the scientific evidence behind a product's bold claims.

0203Sunscreen2020042220200425 (R4)

Greg Foot puts sunscreen through the evidence mill.

The facts behind the fads and the scientific evidence behind a product's bold claims.

We all know that sunscreen helps to protect our skin from the sun’s burning rays, but are you sure you’re using the right one? Do you struggle to untangle the UVAs from the UVBs, and the SPFs from the star-ratings?

Greg Foot talks to Antonia Mariconda, beauty writer and founder of the Safety in Beauty Campaign, who knows just how baffled consumers are.

On hand to decode the sunscreen labelling is Dermatologist, Dr Andrew Birnie, from East Kent Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust. Common claims, such as ‘waterproof’ and ‘reef safe’ are also put through the evidence mill.

Presenter: Greg Foot
Producer: Beth Eastwood

Greg Foot is in the studio with Antonia Mariconda, beauty writer and founder of the Safety in Beauty Campaign, who knows just how baffled consumers are.

0204Teeth Whitening2020042920200502 (R4)

Greg Foot puts teeth whitening products through the evidence mill.

The facts behind the fads and the scientific evidence behind a product's bold claims.

Teeth whitening toothpastes, strips and gizmos are more popular than ever. But what is the evidence that any of them actually work? And what about the HiSmile Teeth Whitening Kit that's been doing the rounds on social media?

Are these products The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread or marketing BS?

Greg Foot talks to fashion commentator and broadcaster, Grace Woodhead about her experience with these products while Professor Martin Ashley, Consultant in Restorative Dentistry at the University of Manchester Dental Hospital, is on hand to separate the science fact from the science fiction.

Presenter: Greg Foot
Producer: Beth Eastwood

0205Noise Cancelling Headphones2020050620200509 (R4)

The promise of noise cancelling headphones is enticing, but do they live up to the hype?

The facts behind the fads and the scientific evidence behind a product's bold claims.

0206Kombucha2020051320200516 (R4)
20200517 (R4)

Greg Foot and guests put Kombucha drinks through the evidence mill

The facts behind the fads and the scientific evidence behind a product's bold claims.