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How Very Dare You Cook Your Own Meals

TV chefs' recipes may be less healthy than ready meals, study finds | Life and style | guardian.co.uk

Martin White, professor of public health at Newcastle University,..took a close look at 100 recipes in some of the nation's favourite cookery books – 30 Minute Meals and Ministry of Food by Jamie Oliver, Kitchen by Nigella Lawson, River Cottage Everyday by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Baking Made Easy by Lorraine Pascale. They compared the nutritional value with those of 100 randomly selected brand name ready meals from Asda, Sainsbury's and Tesco.

Neither, they said, met national or international guidelines for a balanced diet. But, they added: "The recipes seemed to be less healthy than the ready meals on several metrics." Per portion they contained significantly more energy, protein, fat and saturated fat and significantly less fibre than the ready meals. They would be more likely to attract red "traffic light" warning symbols under Food Standards Agency criteria.

By 2020, it is estimated that 70% of adults in the UK and the US will be overweight, causing soaring levels of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. White and colleagues think the traffic light warning scheme should now be applied to recipes from TV chefs, who could also put nutritional values on screen, on websites and in cookery books. A 9pm watershed has been advocated for advertising of unhealthy food, and the authors point out that nobody has yet suggested something similar for TV chefs.

Allowing people to cook their own food! What a dangerous idea! It would be far better if a van with prepared approved meals delivered the proper flavour-free slush everyday to everybody for every meal.

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The bansturbators need a new target for when they've finished with booze.

A taxpayer funded 'professor' knocking people who have the audacity to make a living for themselves from their own skills and effort... time to sink his gravy boat methinks.

It gets 'better'
The prof works for this bunch
Institute of Health & Society at the Necastle Brown Uni

They are funded by this bunch
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), a government body dedicated to creating a health research system in which the NHS supports outstanding individuals, working in world class facilities and conducting leading edge research focused on the needs of patients and the public.

Who are in turn part of the NHS

So we are back in the surreal and bloody expensive world of government lobbying government to do something about the plebs who refuse to listen to the government.

Good old ginger minger Liam Donaldson scaremonger extrordinaire is part and parcel of the Uni and his replacement
Professor Dame Sally C Davies, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific adviser, Department of Health

Is the top dog of the The National Institute for Health Research

When it comes to trimming fat the NHS only has to look inward and it will save itself a fortune assuming someone with balls is doing the looking and trimming. Perhaps it's a job for the maligned TV chefs.

Another load of 100% certified bollocks from the loss-making Graun's public sector patsies.

Just take the sex and travel option, the whole lot of you.

And while you're about it, take your hands out of my pockets as well.

You have a lovely Chissy lunch now.

So now the food police want us all to buy our food ready cooked from M&S, Sainsburys, Tesco or Morrisons? I wonder who funded this "research?" The marketing department for one of the chains?

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