These celeb chefs have a fat lot to answer for!
Friday 13 March 2009
Celebrity chefs counting fatty foods amongst their favourite dishes are adding to the growing problem of obesity in the UK.
Nigella Lawson, amongst other cheeky celeb chefs, are worsening the nation’s obesity crisis by encouraging people to cook and eat fatty food, it is claimed.
A panel of experts in the dietary world assessed some of the most popular TV programmes and their super glossy books, only to find that some of the recipes have more than 100 per cent of the recommended daily amount of saturated fat in a single serving.
Jean-Christophe Novelli’s naughty honey roast pumpkin soup was among the worst offenders, it was found, providing a whopping 216 per cent!
Nigella’s egg and bacon pie contained 84 per cent of a woman’s daily recommended amount of saturated fat, while Phil Vickery’s cottage pie contained 120 per cent of the saturated stuff!
Oh, and Gordon Ramsay’s sticky toffee pudding accounted for 115 per cent! Whoa!
The report suggested that making small changes to the recipes in question could make a dramatic difference to their unhealthy saturated fat content without affecting the flavour.
Sian Porter, a registered dietician on the panel said: “Having a celeb chef treat is one thing, but eating these dishes as they stand regularly could bump up your saturated fat intake considerably.”
So there you have it – even celebrity chefs are prone to making an unhealthy dish or two.
If we want an all-round healthier society, looks like we’ll have to start by teaching these cheeky celeb chefs to swap the butter for margarine…
By Tasha Usefnia