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Britain’s Celebrity Chefs Are Serving Up Some Unhealthy Fare – Study

December 17, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Recipes prepared by celebrity chefs on TV – in the U.K. at least – may be delicious but they are a lot less healthy than the ready meals you can be in grocery stores like Asda, Sainsbury’s and Tesco, according to a British study. Researchers randomly selected 100 main meal recipes from cookbooks by UK TV chefs and 100 store brand ready meals. Both sets of recipes tended to be high in protein, fat, saturated fat, and salt, low in carbohydrate, and within the recommended range for sugar. TV chef recipes, however, contained significantly more calories, protein, fat, and saturated fat and much less fiber. Chefs included in the study were Jamie Oliver (shown at left), Lorraine Pascale, Nigella Lawson, and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
S. Howard et al., "Nutritional content of supermarket ready meals and recipes by television chefs in the United Kingdom: cross sectional study", BMJ, December 17, 2012, © Howard et al.
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