The average gourmet meal from MasterChef has MORE saturated fat than most common takeaway foods, a study has found.

University of Sydney researchers compared the nutritional value of 63 MasterChef recipes with different meals from seven fast food restaurants.

Turns out, the MasterChef meals contain nearly TWICE as much saturated fat as some of the fast food meals that were studied.

Lead author Jaclyn Coffey said the results were unsurprising because the MasterChef recipes had less healthy fats” and “ prolific use of butter, dairy foods (cream, cheese) and fatty meats (pork belly, processed meat)”.

HOW MUCH SATURATED FAT?

MasterChef — 15%

Pizza Hut — 16%

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Domino’s Pizza — 14%

Hungry Jack’s — 10%

Subway — 10%

Red Rooster — 8%

McDonald’s — 8%

KFC — 7%

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(Median amounts)

Source: International Journal of Gastronomy and Food Science