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Letters Ready meals and TV chefs’ recipes

Television chefs aim for taste and appeal, not health

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 15 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f240
  1. Bart Penders, assistant professor in biomedicine and society1
  1. 1School for Public Health and Primary Care, Maastricht University, PO Box 616, 6200MD Maastricht, Netherlands
  1. b.penders{at}

Howard and colleagues were surprised that TV chefs’ recipes scored worse on fat, protein, and fibre than ready made meals.1

Embedded in that surprise lies the assumption that health ought to prominently inform TV cooking. However, we do not watch Gordon Ramsey, Jamie Oliver, or Heston Blumenthal because …

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