A 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?
A recent Swedish study in more than 43,000 women age 30-49 published in the British Medical Journal evaluated the dietary intake of carbohydrates and proteins and their relationship to the risk of cardiovascular events. Researchers concluded that women consuming low-carbohydrate high-protein diet were in higher risk for cardiovascular disease (stroke, heart attack and other.) How do the results of this research support your current thoughts and dietary recommendations?