Celebrity chefs are bad for your health

Recipes under fire for high saturated fat content

Frequently cooking up the recipes of celebrity chefs such as Nigella Lawson, Gordon Ramsay and Rick Stein could be bad for your health, research – called The Guilty Secret of Celebrity Chefs – has found.

A panel of dietary experts who assessed some of the most popular celebrity cookbooks found that many contained recipes with more than 100 per cent of the recommended daily amount of saturated fat in a single serving.

Jean-Christophe Novelli
’s honey roast pumpkin soup was among the worst offenders, providing 216 per cent, while Phil Vickery’s cottage pie contained 120 per cent and the sticky toffee pudding by Gordon Ramsay accounted for 115 per cent.

Eating a diet that is high in saturated fat can raise the level of cholesterol in blood, which can increase the risk of developing heart disease. The daily recommended limit is 30g for men and 20g for women.
 
The study was carried out by The Fat Panel, an independent group of experts in areas such as nutrition, public health and pharmacy. Its report said that few people realised the potential health risks of eating such meals on a regular basis.

Sian Porter, a registered dietician on The Fat Panel, said: ‘We are not being the nutrition police here or killjoys, but there are some things that are pure indulgence and should be left as such, to be enjoyed as an occasional treat in all their fat, sugar and calorie-laden glory.’

The warning was made amid a growing trend for cooking at home, rather than eating out, to save money during the recession.

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