A new study published in the British Medical Journal reveals that readymade meals are healthier compared to meals prepared by star cooks as they contain lower amount of calories compared to those from TV shows or cooking books.
The study was conducted by public health experts at Newcastle University who also said that cooking shows on TV channels and books should come with their own health warnings. The experts analyzed more than 100 recipes from some of the most popular cooking books and compared them with 100 randomly selected readymade meals from supermarkets.
The researchers said that while both the foods did not satisfy the guidelines for a balanced diet, readymade meals had lower amounts of saturated fat and calories compared to those from cook books.
"We did not set out to bash the chefs. That wasn't at all our intention. If you look at the TV chefs as a whole, there are a number of them who are vociferous champions for sustainable food and healthy eating. They are a passionate lot who do care about the healthy content of our diet", lead researcher Martin White said.