MasterChef meals filled with fat

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS -

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”.

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