British Celebrity Chefs on the Pan for Nutritional Content of Recipes

English: Supermarket check out, London January...

English: Supermarket check out, London January 2005 Author: Velela. Location: Sainsbury’s supermarket, East Dulwich, London Source: Personal photograph taken by Author December 24 2003 Technical data: Pentax Optio 555 digital camera. 1/30s @ f2.8 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Jamie Oliver in Toronto

English: Jamie Oliver in Toronto (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some well-known British chefs got taken to task by researchers from NHS Tees and Newcastle University in a study that compared these chefs’ recipes to supermarket ready meals, or what’s known here in America as TV Dinners. According to the researchers, “Recipes were less healthy than ready meals, containing significantly more energy, protein, fat, and saturated fat, and less fibre per portion than the ready meals.”

Chefs whose cookbooks were chosen for analysis include some real heavy hitters in the British culinary world, including one chef who has become synonymous with the nutritional school lunch movement:

  • 30 Minute Meals by Jamie Oliver
  • Baking Made Easy by Lorraine Pascale

    English: A Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall pork pie,

    English: A Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall pork pie, (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Ministry of Food by Jamie Oliver
  • Kitchen by Nigella Lawson
  • River Cottage Everyday by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

The ready meals included were store brands from Asda, Sainsbury’s and Tesco. These supermarkets had the biggest market share in the U.K. in 2010.

One hundred recipes were compared with 100 ready meals; and to keep things on an even keel, the researchers established the following criteria:

  • Meals were included if they were designed to be eaten hot, were not meant to be eaten on special occasions only, or eaten for breakfast
  • Soups weren’t included because they are not always eaten as main dishes
  • The dishes had to include items from at least two of the EatWell groups
  • The dishes had to have a recommended serving size of at least 225 grams (a little less than eight ounces)

Both the recipes and the ready meals were compared with nutritional guidelines published by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UK Food Standards Agency.

Here’s what the researchers found:

  • No recipe or ready meal fully complied with the WHO guidelines.
  • The ready meals tended to comply with WHO recommended proportions of energy derived from carbohydrate and sugars and fiber density.
  • The recipes tended to comply with WHO recommended sodium levels, although salt used for seasoning was not included in the assessment.
  • In general, the recipes contained significantly more energy, protein, fat, saturated fat, and significantly less fiber per portion than the ready meals.
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~ by chasm63 on December 24, 2012.

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