Are Frozen Dinners Worth the Convenience?


We live in a busy, fast-paced society where taking the time to prepare a delicious and healthy meal is not always possible.  Pre-prepared foods and frozen dinners offer a quick and easy alternative, but at what price?

Typical frozen dinner

Most frozen meals are loaded with sugar, sodium, and preservatives with low vegetable and fiber content.  Though we need sodium in our diet, about one teaspoon a day or 2300 milligrams, for fluid balance, muscle strength and nerve function, most of us get far more than that with our consumption of frozen and processed foods.  We are all well aware of the dangers of too much salt and sugar!  The right kind of salt is important too.  Click here for more information about salts.

Certain frozen dinner brands, and specific meals produced by those brands, are worse than others.  Hot pockets, chicken potpies, and turkey and gravy dinners are among the worst.  Usually organic frozen meals are better, but it’s important to take the time to read the labels carefully, as with all processed foods.  Just because a product says “natural” doesn’t mean it is, even with frozen veggie burgers. Be on the lookout for salt’s various disguises like sodium alginate, sodium ascorbate, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), and sodium benzoate, as well as added sugars under the name of high fructose corn syrup or natural cane sugar and unhealthy fats.

As Oscar Wilde said, “everything in moderation including moderation”, so the occasional frozen dinner won’t hurt you.  There is no substitute however, for a fresh, home cooked meal seasoned properly with healthy herbs, enhanced with a small amount sea salt, and prepared with love.

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Information compiled from: http://channels.isp.netscape.com/,

http://www.webmd.com/

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8 responses to this post.

  1. Your blog posts always offer info that we can easily put to good use. Thanks Betsy..gotta go look at the ingredients in those ‘natural veggie burgers’ in my freezer. We can get easily misled with the lable “All Natural” !

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  2. Good post. I remember as a kid my mom went nuts with the first TV dinners in the aluminum trays. We had them several times a week when I was a teenager. They’ve certainly improved since then, but still don’t look appetizing.

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  3. Posted by smallftprints on March 19, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Wonderful post! Not only are “TV” dinners bad for our health, they are bad for the environment. They typically come in some kind of plastic, or are wrapped in plastic, and the containers are designed to be tossed when the meal is over. That’s a lot of waste! Thanks so much for linking up at our Meet & Greet – I’m so happy to have found your blog and I’m now following you. I look forward to reading more of your terrific content!

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    • Thank you. I like your blog a lot too and will definitely subscribe. Thanks for mentioning the enormous waste of frozen dinners. Of course that’s a large part of what is wrong with them and most processed foods.

      Here’s to making a difference in the world!

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