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The TV chef and food writer, 62, said some eat too much because they feel they should be “picking at things non-stop” throughout the day.
Nigella, who has been blasted for her saturated fat-heavy recipes and who once boasted of eating 30 pickled eggs to win a £1,000 bet, suggested removing starters from Christmas lunch to help to make it healthier.
Appearing on The News Agents podcast, queen of cream Nigella said: “I don’t know why people do starters for Christmas lunch. I never have.
“That seems a madness. But I also think there is a way in which for many people it does become a sort of obscene overindulgence. So people are not eating because it is pleasurable.
They’re eating because somehow they feel it is when they should be eating non-stop and picking at things non-stop.”
Asked whether she was referring to greed and gluttony, she replied: “Yes, but they can go too far too.
“You want to feel full up and grateful that you feel full up, but you don’t want to be a bloated wreck.”
She said she would not be giving presents this year because of the cost of living crisis.
She said: “Celebrating food with your family is something we all, if we can, should do and do it gratefully.
“But I certainly feel I am not interested in this year buying [for] people who don’t need things.
“You can give them a card to say I’ve donated in your name in lieu of a Christmas present, so you can feel like you’re doing something.
“You want to celebrate being with your family in ways that we haven’t been able to, but you don’t want it to tip into the obscene.”
Listen to the full interview on The News Agents podcast on Global Player.
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