MasterChef meals filled with fat
THE average gourmet MasterChef meal has more saturated fat than a Big Mac, thanks to its “butter is better” approach, a study has found.
University of Sydney researchers compared the nutritional value of 63 fine-dining MasterChef recipes with meals from seven fast food outlets.
They found MasterChef online recipes contain nearly twice as much saturated fat as some fast food meals.
Lead author Jaclyn Coffey and her team found the highest levels of saturated fat in MasterChef, (15 per cent), Pizza Hut (16) and Domino’s (15) meals. The lowest were KFC (7 per cent) and Red Rooster (8).
The recommended limit of saturated fat is 10 per cent of overall calories.
Ms Coffey said MasterChef recipes have “less healthy fats than the other fast food outlets, e.g. prolific use of butter, dairy foods (cream, cheese) and fatty meats (pork belly, processed meat)”. She noted that “public health campaigns and consumer preferences around fat have pressured fast food outlets to decrease saturated and trans fats”.