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11-24-2004, 09:20 AM
I've been eating Healthy Choice meals the last couple days.. and yesterday at work someone was telling me how much sodium is in them and how bad it was.. and I was just reading a different thread and they said it makes you gain water weight. What do you guys eat to loss weight that is easy and conveint???

11-29-2004, 05:29 PM
There aren't any convenience prepackaged foods that don't contain way too much sodium. You are much better off making extra and then freeezing it for lunches.

Suzanne 3FC
11-29-2004, 06:03 PM
I don't think they are as high as they used to be, they've improved their recipes over the years. I just scrolled down the list of healthy choice dinners on their site and they all had 600mg (or just under it) per meal, and this is reasonable. By comparison, there are 500mg of sodium in a 1/4 tsp serving of salt.

Healthy individuals should limit sodium to 2,300 mg per day, but you should also get at least 1,500 mg. Too much sodium can cause you to retain water, but not enough sodium can be damaging to your health. If you don't retain ANY water then you become dehydrated, so it's important to get enough sodium. Balance is the key. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your body flushed of excess water, and try not to exceed the daily limit of 2,400 mg.

I agree with Susan that preparing our own food helps us keep better control, and it tastes better, too :) Many processed meals taste too salty to me, even if it's just 600mg salt in the meal. Maybe it's due to all of the other chemicals and preservatives that are in there, I don't know.

11-29-2004, 06:15 PM
Hey ladies....... I just joined the Consumer Reports website, and was reading their June article comparing frozen diet entrees, etc. Overall, the three major brands ... Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice and Smart Ones... all got a good review, and none was judged better than another in total. However, Healthy Choice did better on sodium! (See below..........) I disagree with Consumers, though; I find Lean Cuisine to be tastier in every way than the others!:)

FROM CONSUMER REPORTS JUNE 2004: If you are concerned about sodium, Healthy Choice will generally be your best bet since none of its meals has more than one-quarter of the recommended daily value. (Some other products have more than one-third.)

11-30-2004, 11:23 AM
I ate two of those dinners (healthy choice or Lean cuisine, I hate most of the Smart ones) every day for most of my weight loss plan. I still was under 2-2.5 gm sodium for the day and I didn't have any water retention problems. Just don't add extra salt and they are fine IMO.