Are ready-made meals truly “healthier” than chefs’ fare?

CEF_8717A publication in the British Medical Journal is initiating an interesting discussion – are meals prepared by famous TV chefs healthier than those purchased in a supermarket?  The researchers looked at the amount of saturated fat, sugar and salt as they compared the recipes.  The article suggests that ready meals might contain lower amounts of these ingredients.  Do you feel that the findings are evaluating the full picture – discussing “healthy” foods (rather than simply ingredients), reminding patients of importance of cooking and eating better, looking at consumption of fresh vegetables and fruits, evaluating the presence of additives/preservatives that go into ready made meals and much more?  What are your thoughts on this research findings?

To learn more about this publication, please see BBC News Health.  “Image courtesy of Suat Eman/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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