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Celebrity Chefs Cooking Too Large?

A recent UK report  has found that meals created by celebrity chefs are less healthy than “ready meals” or packaged meals from the grocery store…

Celebrity chefs are “exacerbating” the country’s obesity crisis by encouraging people to eat fatty dishes, a new study has claimed.

Nutrition experts tested more than 900 recipes from 26 famous cooks and found 87 per cent fell “substantially short” of the government’s healthy-eating recommendations.

Just 13 per cent used ingredients to create “healthy” meals in line with Food Standards Agency (FSA) guidelines, researchers from Coventry University said.

The study, published in the Food and Public Health journal, found that many recipes in celebrity chefs’ cookbooks contained “undesirable levels” of saturated fatty acids, sugars and salt which are linked to obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

We are fortunate in the US to have some chefs who are making the case for healthy choices – such as Andrew Zimmern. And we want to especially thanks the FACS professionals  who are teaching cooking and nutrition classes to the next generation. We’d also like to give a nod to the school food service professionals who are also teaching kids about healthy eating.

Teaching kids to recognize healthy food is a two-step process. It’s teaching them how to read labels, how to balance menus and to know that fruits and vegetables are healthy and sugared drinks aren’t. But it’s also a matter of getting kids to recognize and enjoy the taste of healthy foods.

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