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Nutritional content of supermarket ready meals and recipes by television chefs in the United Kingdom: cross sectional study

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e7607 (Published 17 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7607

Re: Nutritional content of supermarket ready meals and recipes by television chefs in the United Kingdom: cross sectional study

What you eat is what you are. Diet whether in the supermarket or the recipes shown in TV or even the guidelines of WHO will always be a diet that needs to be tested for its nutritional efficiency and dietary quality in meeting the daily requirements of a middle class customer. These ready meals cannot compete with the diet or food prepared at home by the greatest nutritionist of the family - one's mother who prepares the food keeping everyone's taste and type in mind.

The art of cooking in a mud vessel with the right ingredients in the right proportions meets the daily need of the family members. Above all the love and affection served along with the food by the mother fills up the stomach and mind with a satisfaction to the fullest satiety. The variety in the food, the different preparations with different vegetables, grains, dals and meat or chicken or eggs presents itself as a balanced diet. The body used to such types of food for a long duration for ages responds to the diet with a positive measure meeting the standard diet prescribed by, say, WHO guidelines.

Unfortunately shifting from such traditional diets to market products and TV recipes neither justifies the nutritional requirements nor suits the body to provide a healthy body. Ancient dietary wisdom and its following have kept the community healthy according to environment and culture. The sudden shift to modern day meals and nutritional supplements has led to a modern population with its present viscerally obese phenotype. It is important now to look at the products they sell in the market with its artificial flavor and adulteration. It is better to get back to our mother's kitchen during Christmas Times for she brings health and happiness to the family.

Competing interests: No competing interests

19 December 2012
dhastagir s sheriff
Professor
Faculty of Medicine, Benghazi University
Benghazi, Libya
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