Publication
Title
Investigating the nutrient content of food prepared in popular children's TV cooking shows
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Abstract
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to analyse the nutritional content of recipes prepared in popular childrens television (TV) cooking shows. Design/methodology/approach A cross-sectional analysis of 150 recipes focusing on calorie, total fat and carbohydrates, saturated fatty acids, fibre, sugar, protein and salt content was performed. Main course recipes were evaluated against the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA), and the proportions of energy derived from each nutrient were evaluated against the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations. Findings While a significant proportion met the FSA and WHO recommendations for energy and salt, 58 per cent were above the FSA recommendation for total fat (χ2=5.598, p=0.01), 56 per cent failed to meet the recommendations for saturated fatty acids (χ2=4.551, p=0.03) and 60 per cent exceeded the FSA protein recommendations (χ2=12.602, p<0.001). Only 17 and 21 per cent of the recipes met the minimum recommendations for carbohydrates (χ2=30.429, p<0.001) and fibre (χ2=16.909, p<0.001), respectively. Only 37 per cent had adequate portion of fruits and vegetables. The nutritional content varied depending on the composition of the recipes; vegetarian recipes were more likely to meet the recommendations than poultry, meat or fish recipes. Research limitations/implications Foods displayed by childrens popular TV cooking show fall short of the standards for healthy eating, thus warranting further research on how these shows affect eating behaviour. Originality/value This study is the first to consider childrens TV cooking shows as a platform of exposure to unhealthy foods.
Language
English
Source (journal)
British food journal. - Bradford
British food journal. - Bradford
Publication
Bradford : 2018
ISSN
0007-070X
Volume/pages
120 :9 (2018) , p. 2102-2115
ISI
000443148700013
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UAntwerpen
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Project info
Investigating the power of cooking television (and related) as a positive stimulus to promote healthy eating habits among children.
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Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Creation 30.08.2018
Last edited 20.09.2021
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