Although the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association invited us to celebrate its annual National Frozen Food Month in March, the reality is that the unhealthy ingredients in many frozen foods should leave us cold.
According to a February, 2017, article in Prepared Foods magazine, the frozen food industry has proven to be quite resilient over the years – this despite heightened competition from the health food and meal kit sectors. Indeed, frozen food products in such leading categories as dinners/entrées, pizza, side dishes, and appetizers/snacks had overall sales of $22 billion in 2016, almost identical to the sales total four years prior.
To break the numbers down further, Prepared Foods estimated that frozen vegetables are consumed in three out of four U.S. households, with some 60% purchasing frozen pizzas and potatoes. Frozen dinners and entrées are consumed in about 40% to 45% of households, with a third of U.S. households bringing home frozen snacks.
As savvy shoppers know, the frozen food industry has certainly made significant strides of late to make products that are lower in calories and higher in nutrients than the TV Dinner-like fare of the past. Mindful of consumers’ growing appetite for foods that are not only convenient, but healthy as well, manufacturers such as Amy’s and Cascadian Farms – among several others – have cornered the market in redefining frozen food for a new generation.
Unfortunately, though, our supermarkets and home freezers remain packed to the rim with foods that are acidic, salty, overly processed, sugary, mineral and nutrient-deficient and just plain bad for us - including countless varieties of pizza, macaroni and cheese, corn dogs, pot pies, meat dishes and desserts (to name a few).
The result: a diet that may temporarily please our palates but permanently damage our health.
No wonder doctors and nutritionists strongly recommend that we carefully read the labels of the frozen foods we’re considering (and all packaged foods, for that matter) with an eye toward selecting those products with the cleanest and highest-quality ingredients. That said, be wary of products claiming to be “natural,” “vegan” or “organic” since many package labels are misleading or downright false given the somewhat lax governmental standards guiding the industry.
Other expert advice: look for items containing 100% whole grains or even grain alternatives; avoid “hearty” and “family-sized” products that will compel you to eat more than you otherwise would; seek out foods containing fiber for better digestion; tread carefully when it comes to starch-heavy meals; and balance out “naughty” frozen foods with healthier companion items (i.e., fresh veggies along with that frozen fried chicken entrée).
And don’t forget to be especially cognizant of salt, sugar and saturated fat levels – all of which are often notoriously high in frozen foods.
Trading Up To Healthier Meals & Snacks
Sure, a frozen yogurt will never be able to pass itself off as a hot fudge sundae and a veggie wrap will never be mistaken for a four-cheese pizza, but that doesn’t mean these healthier alternatives can’t be deliciously fulfilling in their own right – particularly when you consider the unwanted calories you’ll save and the better health you’ll enjoy.
With that in mind, consider trading in some of the most egregiously unhealthy frozen foods on your menu for their far more nutritious counterparts. For example: out with frozen chili rellenos and in with light and lean black bean and cheese enchiladas; out with mini corn dog meals and in with organic turkey burgers; and out with traditional chicken pot pies and in with vegetable souffles.
Cut Acid Down To Size
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Multiforce contains a perfect blend of Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium and mineral salts that help reduce or even prevent such acid-based symptoms as indigestion, gout, osteoarthritis, heartburn, bloating, acid reflux and urinary.
So next time you find yourself irresistibly drawn to that unhealthy frozen breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack, make sure Multiforce is on hand to turn up the heat in the fight against excess acidity