With the TV landscape so full of mouthwatering cooking shows, flipping channels can seem like a trip through food-porn paradise. Unfortunately, using these shows to cook by can backfire on you.
A new Cornell study found that viewers who used TV recipes to create dishes from scratch weighed an average of 11 pounds more than those who watched just for fun. They were also heavier than home cooks who used cookbooks, online recipes, or personal recommendations to make their dishes.
“Cooking shows may normalize unhealthy foods or portions, which can make home cooks think it’s OK to eat that way on a daily basis at home,” says lead author Lizzy Pope, Ph.D. “The best thing to do is be aware that depicting healthy foods is not the No. 1 mission of most food shows.”
So get your recipes from sources other than Emeril and Rachael—like, say, the Men’s Fitness Guy Food page. Start with some of the heart-healthy, muscle-building recipes below: