05 January 2012

PCRM names the Top Five Unhealthiest Cookbooks of 2011: Jamie Oliver's 'Meals in Minutes' tops the list

If your New Year’s resolution for 2012 involves losing weight and eating healthier food, you might want to avoid using Jamie Oliver’s Meals in Minutes: A Revolutionary Approach to Cooking Good Food Fast for inspiration.

Oliver’s newest offering won the dubious distinction of topping PCRM’s Top Five Unhealthiest Cookbooks of 2011.

According to the non-profit, the man who wants to lead a nutritional revolution in our school’s lunchrooms apparently isn’t interested in spearheading a similar effort in our kitchens.

Need an example?

Eat one serving of a meatball sandwich featured in Meals in Minutes and you will ingest 1182 calories, 47 grams of fat (including 18.5 grams of saturated fat), 185 milligrams of cholesterol, and 2,352 milligrams of sodium.

But Mr. Oliver isn’t the only one producing cookbooks filled with unhealthy recipes, after all, his cookbook topped a top five list.

“The high-fat meals in these cookbooks are real recipes for disaster,” says Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., PCRM’s nutrition education director. “It’s great that Jamie Oliver and other chefs are focusing on fresh and local ingredients, but some of these recipes have more calories and cholesterol than a Big Mac. The real key to healthful eating is moving away from high-fat, meaty meals that increase the risk of obesity, heart disease, and cancer.”

Without further ado, here are the Top Five Unhealthiest Cookbooks of 2011, complete with a PCRM "nutritional shocker":

  • Jamie Oliver’s Meals in Minutes: One serving of the Meatball Sandwich contains more fat than a Big Mac and more than double the calories, cholesterol, sodium, and saturated fat.
  • Guy Fieri Food: Jambalaya Sandwich contains bacon, smoked sausage, and Andouille sausage; such processed meats raise colon cancer risk.
  • Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible: One serving of Hot Buffalo Wings (three wings) contains 910 calories and 85 grams of fat; meat-heavy diets raise obesity risk.
  • The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook: More than 50 pages of recipes featuring grilled meat, which increases cancer risk.
  • The Neelys’ Celebration Cookbook: Bourbon Bread Pudding is saturated with butter, half-and-half, and whole milk; high-fat diets increase heart-disease risk.

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Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his work at TDIV, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

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