London: Celebrity chefs are ‘exacerbating’ the obesity crisis by encouraging people to eat fatty dishes, a new study has claimed.

Nutrition experts, who tested more than 900 recipes from 26 famous cooks, found that 87 per cent fell ‘substantially short’ of the Government's healthy eating recommendations, media reported.

According to researchers from Coventry University, just 13 per cent used ingredients to create ‘healthy’ meals in line with the Food Standards Agency's (FSA) guidelines.

The study found that many celebrity chef recipes in cookbooks contained ‘undesirable levels’ of saturated fatty acids (SFA), sugars and salt which are linked to diseases like obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

Around 92 per cent of the television chefs sampled had at least one recipe with saturated fatty acids above the recommended intake for one day, the report said.

One meal contained more than five times the recommended amount, while half of the chefs had recipes with salt content equaling or exceeding the daily recommended limit of 6g.

The study was published in the Food and Public Health journal.


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