Table 2

 Nutritional content per portion of 100 recipes created by television chefs and 100 supermarket ready meals, United Kingdom, 2010

Nutritional contentMedian (interquartile range)P value*
RecipesReady mealsTotal
Energy (kJ)2530 (2027-3240)2067 (1716-2563)2285 (1776-2817)<0.01
Protein (g)37.5 (26.7-50.0)27.9 (23.3-30.0)31.6 (24.0-40.2)<0.01
Carbohydrate (g)49.5 (23.5-68.1)51.1 (41.9-67.4)50.8 (34.3-67.6)0.06
Sugar (g)8.3 (5.0-12.6)6.8 (4.2-10.9)7.6 (4.5-12.0)0.09
Sodium (mg)658 (369-1035)800 (607-1000)780 (508-1000)0.05
Fat (g)27.1 (16.8-40.4)17.2 (12.3-23.7)21.6 (14.0-31.0)<0.01
Saturated fat (g)9.2 (4.9-15.9)6.8 (3.8-11.6)7.9 (4.3-13.6)<0.01
Fibre (g)3.3 (2.0-5.7)6.5 (4.8-8.5)5.1 (2.9-7.6)<0.01

*Mann-Whitney test comparing recipes with ready meals.