Sure, frozen meals are convenient, but are they really that good for you?
To make fresh ingredients last extra-long in your freezer, food manufacturers often load frozen meals with sodium, a natural preservative,
Frozen meals that aren’t identified as reduced-sodium or heart-healthy often contain from 700 to 1,800 milligrams (mg) of sodium. That makes it challenging for people to stay below the daily maximum of 2,300 mg recommended for the general population.
Such levels make it almost impossible for people who are more “salt sensitive” to stay below their recommended limit of 1,500 mg per day.
Frozen foods low in calories can be a problem as well. If calorie intake is limited to 1,000 to 1,200 calories, metabolic rate may slow down, making weight control more difficult. Metabolism is the burning of energy (calories) for functions needed to stay alive, such as digestion, growth, blood circulation and healing.
If you’re going to eat frozen prepared meals check for sodium levels, read the label. Remember, fresh is always best!
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