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'Food Porn' on TV - TV Chefs unhealthy meals get Red Light


Beaker

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Are TV Chefs contributing to the mass phenomenon of obesity? A recent UK study found that most recipes of TV chefs were more unhealthy than even ready-made supermarket meals

Jamie And Nigella Roasted In Nutrition Study - Yahoo! News UK

Should TV chefs be required to reveal their own BMI and also both the calorie count of each meal, and its cost?

How much is 'food porn' contributing to poor health and ill informed thinking about food...........
 


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Link ain't workin,

Doesn't really matter though, coz the suggestion in the OP is utterly ridiculous,

For a number of reasons,
 

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I think it's contributing very little, the fact is that it's mostly the tv dinners and micro crap that's causing the issues, also the large amounts of salt and sugars in the ready made stuff.

If someone is going to the bother of cooking scratch food on a regular basis you can surmise that they are eating healthier than the average person affected by the obesity problem.

You don't do a Nigella desert or a Jamie dinner every day, if you do, you have a lot of work to do.

I think that the demographics are totally different between the obesity problem and their audiences.
 

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Wonder if it is a press release planted by the supermarkets?
 

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I guess about less than one in a thousand people who watch 'food porn' actually cook any of the meals.....

Nevertheless each TV channel has a constant drone of programmes about cooking and preparation of food.....

.....its all about generating constant demand and keeping our imaginations saturated with ideas about food..... and not just any-old-food (i.e. steamed carrots).... but delicious creamy, rich, sweet, buttered, well seasoned (i.e. lots of salt), basted food....... Its hypnotic...... and incessant
 

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I guess about less than one in a thousand people who watch 'food porn' actually cook any of the meals.....

Nevertheless each TV channel has a constant drone of programmes about cooking and preparation of food.....

.....its all about generating constant demand and keeping our imaginations saturated with ideas about food..... and not just any-old-food (i.e. steamed carrots).... but delicious creamy, rich, sweet, buttered, well seasoned (i.e. lots of salt), basted food....... Its hypnotic...... and incessant
If anything, I'd say cookery programmes are big audience draws precisely because most people don't actually cook. If it was something you did every day then the attractions of watching others do it on TV would be limited.
 

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I guess about less than one in a thousand people who watch 'food porn' actually cook any of the meals.....

Nevertheless each TV channel has a constant drone of programmes about cooking and preparation of food.....

.....its all about generating constant demand and keeping our imaginations saturated with ideas about food..... and not just any-old-food (i.e. steamed carrots).... but delicious creamy, rich, sweet, buttered, well seasoned (i.e. lots of salt), basted food....... Its hypnotic...... and incessant
And delicious.
 

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If you don't want to put on weight watching cookery shows, just stay up late and watch a half hour of those Zumba infommercials to burn off the calories,

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I guess about less than one in a thousand people who watch 'food porn' actually cook any of the meals.....

Nevertheless each TV channel has a constant drone of programmes about cooking and preparation of food.....

.....its all about generating constant demand and keeping our imaginations saturated with ideas about food..... and not just any-old-food (i.e. steamed carrots).... but delicious creamy, rich, sweet, buttered, well seasoned (i.e. lots of salt), basted food....... Its hypnotic...... and incessant
Ok so according to your guess, where does the problem then lie? With the crap they decide to buy ready made or....the chefs who extoll the virtues of cooking your own food which you reckon they then proceed to ignore?

I take a lot of ideas from cookery shows, but I don't do an awful lot of cookery of their recipes directly, they come from different sources, internet, other people or my extensive cookery book collection. That said, a few of my books are tv inspired, such as my River Cottage books or my Heston Blumenthal book.
 

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There's far too many food/cooking related programmes on TV these days...

Having said that if viewers don't realise that chefs and restaurants produce high calorie meals then they must be a bit thick...

All you have to do is look at the amount of butter, cream, wine and all sorts of other high fat/calorie ingredients they chuck into everything... not to mention lots of salt and pepper (aka seasoning)...
 

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Are TV Chefs contributing to the mass phenomenon of obesity? A recent UK study found that most recipes of TV chefs were more unhealthy than even ready-made supermarket meals

Jamie And Nigella Roasted In Nutrition Study - Yahoo! News UK

Should TV chefs be required to reveal their own BMI and also both the calorie count of each meal, and its cost?

How much is 'food porn' contributing to poor health and ill informed thinking about food...........
Ever since I saw a TV chef serve a 12oz steak with blood leaking out of it I have giving such programs a wide berth.
SwK
 

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Ever since I saw a TV chef serve a 12oz steak with blood leaking out of it I have giving such programs a wide berth.
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That's how steak is supposed to be served?
 

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That's how steak is supposed to be served?
Not really, it should be then dipped in butter, then topped with 500g of cheese, then diced, and mixed with mayo, made into balls about the size of a golf ball, then dipped in egg and bread crumbs. Then all the balls should be placed into a tray, and more cheese added.. then bake for 20min, then cut up to serve with a blue cheese dressing! Simple as!
 

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The gripe I have with food porn is less health-related, more to do with budget. It convinces its viewers to stock ever more (and ever more expensive) ingredients at home with many barely unused.

Need a pinch of garam masala? Gotta have it, never mind if the rest of the packet goes unused. And you simply must use the best most expensive olive oil, anything less won't do.

Food porn makes people feel poorer if they have simple, plain meals when the opposite is in fact the case. If we were all still eating bacon & cabbage with spuds most nights household budgets mightn't be so tight.
 

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The gripe I have with food porn is less health-related, more to do with budget. It convinces its viewers to stock ever more (and ever more expensive) ingredients at home with many barely unused.

Need a pinch of garam masala? Gotta have it, never mind if the rest of the packet goes unused. And you simply must use the best most expensive olive oil, anything less won't do.

Food porn makes people feel poorer if they have simple, plain meals when the opposite is in fact the case. If we were all still eating bacon & cabbage with spuds most nights household budgets mightn't be so tight.
+1

Simple good food becomes undervalued
 

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the simple trick is to have your dinner made so you can eat it whilst watching masterchef or nigella and it will make even the most unpalatable food seem almost heavenly
 

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If anything, I'd say cookery programmes are big audience draws precisely because most people don't actually cook. If it was something you did every day then the attractions of watching others do it on TV would be limited.
Like sex
 

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