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Study: Food Blogs Are Trying to Kill You

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Are food blogs bad for your health? Probably, says a study out of Simmons College in Boston published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. The study analyzed "two entree recipes per season, per year (2010–2011)" from 6 "highly ranked food blogs" including: Smitten Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman, Pinch My Salt, Chocolate and Zucchini, Busy at Home, and Simply Recipes. According to the abstract, the 96 recipes were analyzed with Food Processor Nutrition and Fitness software and compared to government recommendations. The researchers discovered that "Recipes met energy recommendations but were excessive in saturated fat and sodium." Vegetarian and seafood recipes "were significantly lower in risk nutrients" than poultry and red meat-based recipes. The bold conclusion: "The public should be aware of the nutritional limitations of popular food blogs." spoke with study author Lisa Brown, who explains: "I'm a professor working with a team of students who did this as a master's thesis." Of the grad students' findings she says, "Our feeling in general was people needed to be aware that just because this was homemade food, it could be high in saturated fat (and) high in sodium." She says that many of the recipes for chicken included lots of dairy, so stop smothering your chicken in cream and cheese, America. Chocolate and Zucchini blogger Clotilde Dusoulier told "My viewpoint on nutrition is that a person's nutritional balance doesn't result from a single main dish." The bloggers in the study are in good company; plenty of restaurant chefs including world-saving chef Jamie Oliver has been criticized by nutrition-minded types about the health of their recipes.

· Do Food Blogs Serve as a Source of Nutritionally Balanced Recipes? [JNEB]
· Recipes from Food Blogs May Be High in Saturated Fat [Fox News]
· All Blogs Coverage on Eater [-E-]

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