Frozen diet food products fill many dieters’ freezers. They’re relatively inexpensive, quick, and healthy … right?
Read the Label
A quick perusal of nutrition facts on the back of frozen diet food products can reveal exactly how healthy a given item is. While many frozen diet foods are low in calories, they are often high in sodium. It is not unusual for a “healthy” frozen entree to contain 25% or more of your daily sodium allotment. Take the sodium content into account when eating frozen diet food products, and don’t overdo it – especially if you are watching your sodium intake for blood pressure or other health reasons.
Frozen diet food products may also be relatively high in fat. Be sure to check the fat content of that frozen item; does an entree contain more than 7 grams of fat? Additionally, is the fat in the product the “bad” types (saturated or trans fats)? Even if an item advertises itself as “0 grams of trans fat,” check the label. Ingredients that are hydrogenated do provide trans fats, even if they fall below the reportable amount. Avoid these fats as much as possible.
The Effects of the Microwave
Since most frozen diet food products require microwave cooking for heating, you may have wondered whether the microwave affects their nutritional content. According to the Harvard Medical School health guide, microwave cooking is probably the healthiest way to cook items. The short cooking time required by microwaves does a better job of preserving nutritional content than other cooking methods.
Enjoy your frozen diet foods in moderation!