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The series that investigates the latest ad-hyped products and trending fads promising to make us healthier, happier and greener. Are they really 'the best thing since sliced bread'? Science presenter Greg Foot finds out.
Greg speaks to experts on a bunk-busting mission to test the latest consumer trends chosen by listeners. Do they live up to the hype? Or are they just marketing BS?
Greg chats to the experts, dives into the data, performs tests and crunches the numbers before putting his findings back to the listener so they can decide if it’s worth spending their hard earned money on.
If you have a suggestion for a product to investigate, you can email the team on sliced.bread@bbc.co.uk or send a WhatsApp voice note via the number 07543 306807.
Sliced Bread is produced by BBC Audio North for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.

Sliced Bread BBC Radio 4

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.6 • 457 Ratings

The series that investigates the latest ad-hyped products and trending fads promising to make us healthier, happier and greener. Are they really 'the best thing since sliced bread'? Science presenter Greg Foot finds out.
Greg speaks to experts on a bunk-busting mission to test the latest consumer trends chosen by listeners. Do they live up to the hype? Or are they just marketing BS?
Greg chats to the experts, dives into the data, performs tests and crunches the numbers before putting his findings back to the listener so they can decide if it’s worth spending their hard earned money on.
If you have a suggestion for a product to investigate, you can email the team on sliced.bread@bbc.co.uk or send a WhatsApp voice note via the number 07543 306807.
Sliced Bread is produced by BBC Audio North for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.

    Pots and Pans

    Pots and Pans

    What cookware is best for your kitchen?
    There are a bewildering array of pots and pans on offer: stainless steel saucepans, cast iron skillets, even 10-in-1 cookware systems that use layers of various materials. But do they deliver on their promises to help you reach culinary bliss? Listener Emily wants to know if the ones she's seen live up to the hype or are just marketing BS. What do all the materials do? What about cleaning them? And just what is the much-vaunted 'hot spot' that lights up at a certain temperature?!
    There are also lingering concerns about non-stock coatings. Are they safe? And what about the alternatives if you're not sure?
    Please do keep your suggestions coming of wonder products for me to investigate. If you’ve seen an ad, trend or fad rproduct promsing to make you happier, healthier or greener and want to know if there’s any evidence behind it, then email us: sliced.bread@bbc.co.uk or you can send a voice note to our WhatsApp number: 07543 306807
    Presenter: Greg Foot
    Producer: Simon Hoban

    • 29 min
    Dog dental chews

    Dog dental chews

    Gum disease is extremely common in dogs - with some breeds particularly badly affected. So it's no surprise there are all sorts of products on the market offering to clean your pet's teeth - which might be particularly appealing if you don't fancy grabbing a toothbrush and doing the job yourself. As well as chews of many shapes and sizes, there are additives to water - and even seaweed extract to sprinkle on their food. It's a serious business. We've had loads of emails asking us to look into this one - including from listener Sarah, who wants help on behalf of Heidi, her Miniature Schnauzer. To get them some answers, Greg hears from a pet nutritionist and a vet who's an expert in dental care. Are dog dental chews the best thing since sliced bread?
    PRESENTER: GREG FOOT
    PRODUCER: TOM MOSELEY

    • 29 min
    Face Creams

    Face Creams

    Are more expensive face creams worth it?
    I'm back with a new series of Sliced Bread to investigate more of your suggested wonder products and I'm starting with one of the most-requested so far. Do more expensive moisturisers, serums and oils live up to the hype? Can they result in smoother, brighter, firmer, healthier skin or is it all just marketing BS?
    Listener Aristide wants to know whether one of the most expensive products on the market - 'Creme de la Mer' (£80 for 15ml) - has any more evidence to back it up than the cheap moisturiser he uses from the High Street. And listener Fiona is keen to hear about the effectiveness of retinol, one of the most popular ingredients used in creams and serums today.
    In this episode I'll get the answers with the help of our expert, consultant dermatologist Dr Emma Wedgeworth.
    Once again this series I'm looking for more of your suggestions for wonder products to investigate. If you’ve seen an ad, trend or fad rproduct promsing to make you happier, healthier or greener and want to know if there’s any evidence behind it, then email us: sliced.bread@bbc.co.uk or you can send a voice note to our WhatsApp number: 07543 306807
    Presenter: Greg Foot
    Producer: Simon Hoban

    • 32 min
    Sliced Bread is back!

    Sliced Bread is back!

    Greg Foot returns to investigate a whole new batch of so-called wonder products suggested by you, the listeners.
    Sliced Bread is back for a new series from Thursday 8 February, 2023 on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds, with new episodes available weekly on Thursdays on BBC Sounds and wherever you get your podcasts.

    • 2 min
    Toast - Jamie's Italian

    Toast - Jamie's Italian

    What went wrong at Jamie Oliver's UK restaurant chain, Jamie's Italian?
    While Sliced Bread takes a break we serve up… Toast. A study of the spectacular failures of brands which had promised so much to consumers.
    In each episode, the presenter and BBC business journalist, Sean Farrington, examines one big idea. What did it promise? Why did it fail? What can we learn from it today?
    In this episode, Sean and the serial entrepreneur, Sam White, examine the fortunes of Jamie Oliver's Italian restaurant chain. It was a big hit when it launched so why couldn't it maintain that success?
    Expert commentators - and Jamie Oliver himself - reflect on what made his restaurants so special and what led to their demise.
    Tracey MacLeod, formerly of The Independent, was one of the first restaurant critics through the door; Emma Lake, Assistant Editor at The Caterer magazine wrote extensively about Jamie's Italian; Peter Harden, the co-founder of Harden's Restaurant Guide, has trawled through reviews of Jamie's Italian to see what changed from the customers' perspective.
    Jamie Oliver's perspective comes through an interview he did with Kirsty Young for the Radio 4 series 'Young Again'.
    If you have an idea for a topic with a toast moment then you can email the programme at toast@bbc.co.uk
    Sliced Bread returns for a new batch of investigations in February. In the new series, Greg Foot will investigate more of the latest so-called wonder products to find out whether they really are the best thing since sliced bread. In the meantime, Toast is available in the Sliced Bread feed on BBC Sounds.
    Toast is produced by Jon Douglas and Viant Siddique and is a BBC Audio North production for Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.

    • 24 min
    Toast - Commodore Computers

    Toast - Commodore Computers

    Why did the best-selling computer manufacturer, Commodore, go bust?
    While Sliced Bread takes a break we serve up… Toast. A study of the spectacular failures of brands which had promised so much to consumers.
    In each episode, the presenter and BBC business journalist, Sean Farrington, examines one big idea. What did it promise? Why did it fail? What can we learn from it today?
    In this episode, Sean examines the remarkable story behind the man who founded one of the world's best-selling computer manufacturers.
    Commodore computers were huge in the 1980s so why couldn't the business adapt to survive in an age when computing became even more popular?
    Expert commentators and employees reflect on why the company was so successful and what led to its demise.
    Guests include David Pleasance - a former Commodore international executive and later joint managing director of its UK arm; Tim Danton - editor-in-chief of PC Pro magazine; Dan Wood - a Commodore computers enthusiast.
    Alongside them is the self-made millionaire and serial entrepreneur, Sam White, to analyse the missteps that changed the brand’s fortunes.
    If you have an idea for a topic with a toast moment then you can email the programme at toast@bbc.co.uk
    Sliced Bread returns for a new batch of investigations in February. In the new series, Greg Foot will investigate more of the latest so-called wonder products to find out whether they really are the best thing since sliced bread. In the meantime, Toast is available in the Sliced Bread feed on BBC Sounds.
    Toast is produced by Jon Douglas and Viant Siddique and is a BBC Audio North production for Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
457 Ratings

457 Ratings

Flk2013 ,

Toast is Excellent

Great stories, well explained and great discussions. More Toast please!

BT3113TB ,

Thank you Greg & team

Incredibly well researched and funny. A fantastic back catalogue of items covered. A brilliant listen - thank you all involved

Jonny Basic ,

Great range of subject and great presentation.

Very much hope that the BBC keeps renewing. Be great for a carbonated water review! Is there a difference between the expensive and cheap?

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