No one can deny how convenient it is sometimes, especially for the busiest of people, to just pop a frozen dinner into the oven for a few minutes and enjoy some quick food without the need to clean up after.
However, it is also safe to say that a lot of these frozen dinners are not the best for you, some of them being so bad that you might want to just stay away from them for good!
- Banquet Mega Bowls Frozen Dynamite Penne and Meatballs
Shapiro explains that “This meal not only contains more sodium than you need in one day. It has limited fiber too, processed ingredients, and mechanically separated chicken which means that you are getting not just chicken but also tendons, veins, bones, and other things you do not realize you are eating.”
- Banquet Mega Bowls Chicken Fried Beef Steak Frozen Dinner
Another one from the same brand, Hembree warns that the sodium content is way too high at an “astonishing” 1510 mg!
This shocking quantity of salt actually exceeds most dietitians’ daily recommended so stay away from it, especially if you have heart or kidney issues.
Shapiro also mentions that it contains a number of preservatives that have been proven to be carcinogenic as well as processed ingredients, inflammatory oils and saturated fat.
The latter amounts to no less than 55 percent of our daily recommended value!
- Hungry-Man Boneless Fried Chicken Frozen Meal
At over 800 calories, this meal is a no go! Shapiro stresses that if you must eat frozen meals, you should always pick those under 600 calories.
She goes on to point out: “It also contains almost an entire day’s worth of sodium in just one serving.”
Finally, “there’s multiple preservatives including BHT and MSG which can affect your health overall as well as gums, processed forms of soy, mechanically separated chicken, and also excess fat per serving in this meal.”
- Sukhi’s Frozen Chicken Tikka Masala Naanwich
This frozen dinner contains no more than 1 gram of fiber. As far as Hembree is concerned, it should have at least 3 grams and it would’ve been nice if there was a full vegetable serving or more included as well.
- Michelina’s Fettuccine Alfredo Frozen Meal
This is a cheap option and also appears healthy, so it makes sense why many people would go for it.
However, the experts stress that it’s quite deceiving.
Shapiro points out that while it only has 250 calories and is vegetarian friendly, it is full of artificial flavors, chemicals and preservatives that have been banned in other countries!
Not to mention that “it’s white flour without much fiber which means that it will not hold you over for long and soon enough you will be finding yourself eating again.”