Michael Mosley: Secrets Of Your Big Shop

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Episode 1: Monday 8 January at 8pm on Channel 4
In this first episode, we meet lorry driver Chris from Kent and his wife Rebecca, who works in the NHS. Chris is on medication to control his blood pressure and cholesterol, while Rebecca can't shake, or explain, her constant fatigue. They explain to Dr Michael that they eat healthily, cook meals from scratch, and are practically addicted to broccoli. When Dr Michael goes undercover at the checkout, he discovers what they're buying and what could be the reason for Rebecca's tiredness, before overhauling the couple's diet. Dr Michael also tests the viral TikTok recipe for 'healthifying' cola and shares his advice on the subject of snacking. 

Episode 2: Monday 15 January at 8pm on Channel 4
In Birmingham, full-time mum Natalie suffers with irritable bowel syndrome and the constipation that comes with it. Teacher Michael is known to the family's five kids as 'beef bum' due to his toxic trumps and shocking bloating. This couple tell Dr Michael about what they believe is their healthy grocery shop - salads, veggies, healthy proteins and carbs. But when a disguised Dr Michael ambushes them at the checkout, their trolley tells another story, and he starts them on a gut-busting food revamp. Plus: Dr Michael tests out the viral TikTok craze for the egg diet, and delivers health hacks for pizza and spag bol.

Episode 3: Monday 22 January at 8pm on Channel 4
Dr Michael Mosley attempts to uncover the truth behind the nation's health by looking into what goes into our shopping trolleys. Liam and Lydia from Milton Keynes would love to lose weight since they had their kids. They're also hoping to find the reason for their low moods, anxiety and bad skin. Dr Michael goes undercover as a takeaway delivery man and shocks the family with their weekly takeaway consumption. Elsewhere, Dr Michael investigates the health benefits of beetroot, including claims that it's nature's Viagra, takes a look at the UK's most popular breakfasts and puts viral TikToks under the microscope, including the 'carrot tan' and batch salads.

Episode 4: Monday 29 January at 8pm on Channel 4
In this brand-new series, Dr Michael Mosley attempts to uncover the truth behind the nation's health by looking into what goes into our shopping trolleys. Sixty percent of non-genetic illness is attributable to our diet, and Michael wants to radically change that as he goes undercover in supermarkets around the nation to find out what we're buying and how it's affecting our health. Ricardo and his fiancée Ambrose are in their late forties and - along with their daughter Anna Maria - are looking forward to celebrating their upcoming wedding. They are massive foodies and are worried about both their weight and their heart health. But they cook all their meals from scratch and shun processed food, so they're not sure where the problem begins. Can Michael gain any insight when he looks in their shopping trolley? Plus: Michael also checks out viral TikTok claims about so-called 'skinny girl shots' and the sinus cleansing garlic trick, and investigates high-street lunch offerings. 

Extra information:

Episode 1: Sleep Analyzer

Episode 2: Gas Detector
The device featured in the episode is used in commercial mineshafts to detect dangerous gas leaks. It can also measure the levels of hydrogen sulfide in personal 'gas'! The team purchased this from Amazon but this would be available from other online or other retailers.

Blue Muffins: How to make a blue muffin and test your own ‘transit time’ in the comfort of your own home.  https://www.nenutrition.co.uk/blue-muffins

Episode 3: Gut Health Test
In this episode, the contributors do a home health test and a gut health tests that can identify the presence of the H Pylori bacteria.  https://www.selph.co.uk/


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Important additional information:

NHS guidance and advice on daily calorie intake is here: https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/food-and-diet/what-should-my-daily-intake-of-calories-be/

Please note: if you are thinking of undertaking a weight loss programme and are on medication for type 2 diabetes or hypertension you should discuss with your doctor before starting any diet.

People for whom a rapid weight loss diet is not suitable include:

(a) Those who are underweight and/ or have an eating disorder, or a history of an eating disorder.  Please see https://www.channel4.com/4viewers/help/eatingdisorders  for details of support organisations who can help you.

(b) Children (under 18 years old)

(c) Type 1 diabetics

(d) Pregnant women, breast feeding mothers or anyone undergoing fertility treatment

(e) People with a significant psychiatric disorder or history of substance abuse.

(f) People under active investigation or treatment for medical conditions, or those who have a significant medical condition  

For more information and help go to: www.channel4.com/support