Over the past few years, restaurants have taken a beating when it comes to eating healthy. Fitness Professionals, including myself, preach that eating at home is the best way to go because it can be better for you and maybe cheaper.
Although restaurants have taken the blame for portion distortion, cookbook recipes have done some “supersizing” of their own.
A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine looked at how classic recipes have changed during the past 70 years. It focused on the Joy of Cooking because of the wealth of data and how the same recipe has changed over the years with new editions. What they found was…
“Nearly 40% increase in calories per serving for almost every recipe reviewed.”
This was partically because of more calories per serving but larger portion sizes.
“That (calorie increase) is more insidious because that’s the sort of thing the average person wouldn’t notice, wouldn’t even think has happened over the years.” ~ Brian Wansink, studies director.
I could do a break down of every recipe … but I’m not going to.
I’m going with less. I think you get the point. If you use a cookbook, just ensure it meets you needs in terms of calories but portion sizes.
Pick up a copy of Muscle Chow today. I give it my highest recommendation, and it’s less than 16 bucks at Amazon. There’s plenty of healthy recipes in there with the lean bodybuilder in mind.
“The NoBull Muscle Guy”
P.S. - No offense to the Joy of Cooking. My mom owns the 1969 edition and it’s used so much it’s falling apart. Just be aware of the changes in home cookbooks. They too can be causes of higher portions and higher calories. Just raise your awareness to this possibility.
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