Last updated: May 05, 2011
If a recipe calls for tons of butter and cream, theres a good chance Paula Deen whipped it up. The silver-haired southern cook has become a Food Network star thanks to heart-stopping dishes such as Fried Butter Balls, which, as you might have guessed, are nothing more than butter and cream cheese coated in breadcrumbs and fried in oil.
Even if you dont re-create recipes from your favorite episodes, you may be altering your diet subconsciously just by watching. Research suggests that seeing pictures of appealing food in magazines, advertisements, and especially on TV can stimulate your appetite in unhealthy ways.
Food shows might be making you hungry, but thats not to say theyre always bad for your health. A renewed interest in cooking at home is a good thingalthough whats on the plate matters.