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The latest ad-hyped products and trending fads promise to make us healthier, happier and greener, but are they really 'the best thing since sliced bread'? Greg Foot finds out.

Sliced Bread BBC Radio 4

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.6 • 272 Ratings

The latest ad-hyped products and trending fads promise to make us healthier, happier and greener, but are they really 'the best thing since sliced bread'? Greg Foot finds out.

    Razors

    Razors

    It’s something most of us will have used at some point, and a product that has been around for decades in various forms. But do all the advertised fancy features, pivoting heads, multiple blades and higher price tags, really make a difference to your shave?

    Listener Tim got in touch, asking just that, as well as whether all the extras on razors these days also have an impact on the environment?

    Greg Foot cuts through the marketing hype to find out the answers, by speaking to a leading Dermatologist, as well as one of the top scientists at one of the largest razor manufacturers, Gillette.

    This series, we’re testing and investigating your suggested wonder-products. If you’ve seen an ad, trend or fad and wonder if there’s any evidence to back up a claim, drop us an email to sliced.bread@bbc.co.uk or you can send us a voice note to our new WhatsApp number: 07543 306807.

    PRESENTER: Greg Foot
    PRODUCER: Kate Holdsworth

    • 29 min
    Collagen Supplements

    Collagen Supplements

    It’s one of the most talked-about cosmetic products but what’s the evidence that collagen supplements really do slow the visible signs of the ageing process?

    Listener Jo got in touch wanting to know if the collagen supplement she’s spending £53 per month on will live up to its claim of reducing wrinkles, while promoting “glossy hair and plump dewy skin.”

    Other listeners asked whether it can help with joint aches and pains, or strengthen nails?

    Greg Foot sets out to answer all these questions by speaking to a leading consultant dermatologist as well as the co-founders of two of the biggest companies selling collagen supplements, Absolute Collagen and Ingenious Beauty.

    This series, we’re testing and investigating your suggested wonder-products. If you’ve seen an ad, trend or fad and wonder if there’s any evidence to back up a claim, drop us an email to sliced.bread@bbc.co.uk or you can send us a voice note to our new WhatsApp number: 07543 306807.

    PRESENTER: Greg Foot
    PRODUCER: Simon Hoban

    • 29 min
    Wake Up Lights & SAD Lamps

    Wake Up Lights & SAD Lamps

    With shorter days, longer nights, and bad weather leading to the winter blues for many, and for some the more severe Seasonal Affective Disorder, Sliced Bread investigates whether specially designed lights can really help improve how we feel.

    Listener Ross got in touch on WhatsApp after he’d read claims Wake Up Lights and SAD Lamps can boost our mood, and wanted to know what “medically certified” means when accredited to them, and if it’s worth paying extra for it?

    Greg Foot finds out by speaking to a leading expert in light therapy, as well as by visiting a manufacturer of these lights, to ask them to explain their claims, and whether they’re medically recognised in the UK.

    This series, we’re testing and investigating your suggested wonder-products. If you’ve seen an ad, trend or fad and wonder if there’s any evidence to back up a claim, drop us an email to sliced.bread@bbc.co.uk or you can send us a voice note to our new WhatsApp number: 07543 306807.

    PRESENTER: Greg Foot
    PRODUCER: Kate Holdsworth

    • 32 min
    Portable Heaters

    Portable Heaters

    It's getting colder and with the cost of living rising, how best to heat our homes in the most efficient way possible has become a big question.

    Listener Ken got in touch about a new kind of portable ceramic heater he's seen advertised, promising to heat your room using 30% less energy.

    Greg Foot teams up with Octopus Energy to run it through the evidence mill and test it against three other types of portable heater: a convection heater, a fan heater and an oil-filled radiator to find out which gives the most heat for the lowest energy used. The aim is to find out which portable heater is best for heating you, and the room you're in. And how does all that compare to using gas central heating?

    This series, we’re testing and investigating your suggested wonder-products. If you’ve seen an ad, trend or fad and wonder if there’s any evidence to back up a claim, drop us an email to sliced.bread@bbc.co.uk or you can send us a voice note to our new WhatsApp number: 07543 306807.

    PRESENTER: GREG FOOT
    PRODUCER: SIMON HOBAN

    • 28 min
    Natural Deodorants

    Natural Deodorants

    The Natural Deodorant market has recently expanded, with plenty of products out there promising to keep you fresh, and dry, without the use of traditional ingredients such as aluminium salts.

    Listener PC Hollie got in touch on WhatsApp after she’d seen claims that regular deodorants and antiperspirants containing aluminium salts might be bad for our health, and wanted to know if natural deodorants are really better for us?

    She also wanted to know why they’re more expensive, if it’s worth paying more, and if they can do the same job and keep her dry while she’s fighting crime.

    Greg Foot finds out by speaking with a dermatologist Dr. Adil Sheraz, a chemist specialising in the makeup of natural products, Dr. Barbara Olioso, and by performing a “sweat test” where he convinced fellow gym goers to sniff his pits, and assess his sweat patches.

    This series, we’re testing and investigating your suggested wonder-products. If you’ve seen an ad, trend or fad and wonder if there’s any evidence to back up a claim, drop us an email to sliced.bread@bbc.co.uk or you can send us a voice note to our new WhatsApp number: 07543 306807.

    PRESENTER: Greg Foot
    PRODUCER: Kate Holdsworth

    • 27 min
    Bonus Episode: Sliced Bread Meets All Consuming

    Bonus Episode: Sliced Bread Meets All Consuming

    Sliced Bread host Greg Foot talks to presenters Charlotte Williams and Amit Katwala about All Consuming, their new series exploring products that have changed the world.

    You can listen to the series by searching for All Consuming on BBC Sounds.

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
272 Ratings

272 Ratings

Simranjit-Singh ,

Heaters

The heating pads do a great job. 50W matt to snuggle your feet in while wfh. Cost effective and temperature control minimises the ‘sudden blow’ feeling and making you addicted.

rutherford and fry fan ,

Absolutely love it x

This is brilliant! Love the mix of debunking/ not debunking fads and “facts”! Hope another series will come out soon :)

Nadja Hong Kong ,

Sorts fact from fiction

This is an excellent podcast, highlighting just how easily we can be taken in by fads and claims on social media!!! I have definitely bought many of these lies and wasted much money (and possibly endangered my health) in search of a quick and easy fix...This podcast makes me question all those dubious claims now - and it seems the old saying holds true by and large: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

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