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?
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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