Celebrity chef meals more unhealthy than frozen dinners, study finds

Television is littered with celebrity chefs these days.

Many of them do a good job of promoting healthy diets, giving fans access to recipes on their websites or via cookbooks.

But researchers from Newcastle University found something startling when they compared meals from celebrity chefs to pre-made meals in the frozen food section. It appears that, for the most part, celebrity meals ranked higher for calories, fat, sugar and saturated fat--and that many of them raise "red flags" for diabetes or other health conditions.

Fresh doesn't equal healthy

Researchers note that the study isn't about "bashing" celebrity chefs, but that consumers should be more careful when thinking that "fresh" or "homemade" equates to being more healthy.

A spokesperson for Lorraine Pascale, a British model and chef, admits that many of Pascale's recipes aren't necessarily the most healthy options.

"Her books and shows to date haven’t been about healthy eating, they are about cooking," the spokesperson said.

Promoting healthier eating

The problem, researchers note, is that people look up to celebrity chefs, assuming that their meals must be OK to make and eat on a daily basis. The study suggests that more TV chefs should provide accurate nutritional information for consumers and work harder to promote healthy eating. This allows people to make informed choices.

A spokesperson for Jamie Oliver agrees:

"We will soon also be re-launching the Jamie Oliver website with nutritional information on the recipes. However, we would regard the key issue to be food education so that people are aware of which foods are for every day and which are treats to be enjoyed occasionally."

The study was published in the British Medical Journal.

Source: Spire Healthcare

Photo by John Nyboer

More Articles

Diabetic shoes are important as a common side effect of diabetes is "peripheral neuropathy," which causes loss of sensation in the extremities....

There’s something inherently playful about bouncing, which is why so many people enjoy rebounding. Rebounding, or exercising on a mini-trampoline...

Do not let pictures of yoga experts with their bodies twisted into bizarre, compact shapes fool you. Even people with stiff muscles, creaky joints...

One of the hardest parts about adopting a low-carb diet is giving up traditional baked goods and sweets. The good news, however, is that low-carb...

Insulin injections are a way of life for many people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, but for some people, they can be a little intimidating at...

More Articles

Experts estimate that somewhere in the world a person with diabetes will lose a lower extremity every half minute due to a wound. One of the...

Anyone can develop a fungal skin infection, but people with diabetes are more prone to them. A common cause of fungal infections in those with...

Many diabetics struggle to control the sudden blood sugar spikes that can occur after meals. Knowing why blood sugar spikes happen and making...

Do not let pictures of yoga experts with their bodies twisted into bizarre, compact shapes fool you. Even people with stiff muscles, creaky joints...

Insulin injections are a way of life for many people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, but for some people, they can be a little intimidating at...

With diabetes, it all used to be really simple: Type 1 diabetes was known as “childhood-onset,” and type 2 was “adult-onset” diabetes. The cause...

People often get diabetes and hypoglycemia confused with one another, believing that they are two different names for the same condition. In...

Diabetes is a health condition that disrupts the body’s normal production of insulin. Currently, more than one million Americans are diagnosed...

There’s something inherently playful about bouncing, which is why so many people enjoy rebounding. Rebounding, or exercising on a mini-trampoline...

Everyone from grandmothers to physicians tout oatmeal's wholesome goodness and health benefits. But, is oatmeal good for diabetics? Limited...

A common complication associated with diabetes is swollen feet. The swelling can...

Stomach aches and other gastrointestinal pains can be signs of a bigger problem. One such problem for diabetics is gastroparesis, or delayed...

Improving your A1C reading requires you to maintain consistently healthy blood...

The medical community relies heavily on the goodwill of its citizens, as giving blood and organ donations help save thousands of lives every year...

There are several misconceptions about Diabetes. Learn more about the top misconceptions vs. facts surrounding Type 2 Diabetes below.

86...