Frozen foods are convenient, often appetizing and a budget solution to eating out. But are you aware that frozen foods may pose a risk to your overall health?
An increasing number of working adults who manage busy schedules and chores don’t have much time left at the end of the day for cooking. Frozen meals are a saviour to these individuals and frozen parathas, fries, meats, pizzas and even frozen vegetables make up a large percentage of their diets
Starch is used to keep the frozen foods fresh. This starch also adds taste and texture to the food. However, starch is basically a polymer (a glucose chain) of glucose.
Your body converts this glucose to sugar before it is digested. While not eating any glucose is quite risky and can lead to complications, a diet that contains excess of glucose is also bad for your body. The excess sugar can increase your risk of contracting diabetes while also causing damage to your body tissues . If you have a predisposition to diabetes or it runs in the family, you might want to avoid the temptation of having frozen food.
2 Heart Disease:
This is another health risk associated with frozen processed food. Frozen food is rich in Trans fats, which increase your risk of contracting heart disease and also contributes to clogged arteries. Trans fats raise LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and also lower HDL (good) cholesterol levels, which is responsible for elevating the risk of heart disease.
Salt is usually used quite widely as a preservative. Sometimes, frozen meals contain more salt than usually added, which can increase your cholesterol levels, while also increasing your blood pressure. All these factors make frozen food dangerous for your body.
3.Elevate Blood Pressure:
Frozen foods contain different kinds of preservatives that have many varied effects on your body. Frozen food, which is high in sugar or salt, can affect blood pressure negatively and cause blood pressure spikes that can lead to more serious conditions like hypertension. Many studies indicate that salt plays an important part in determining blood pressure levels. Other studies conclude that a reduction in salt consumption has been linked to lower blood pressure ratings
4.High in sodium
Sodium content is another concern. 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” (those with high blood pressure, African-Americans and middle-aged and older adults) to stay below their recommended limit of 1,500 mg per day.
What is the solution?
First, use the Nutrition Facts label on a frozen dinner or entrée to help you choose one that is low in fat and sodium, and use the product as a base for a quick, nutritious meal. Round out the meal with extra fruit or vegetables and perhaps a whole-grain roll or bread. But don’t fall into the same trap as people who only know how to diet by following pre-planned menus. If you decide to use them, frozen meals should be just one of the many ways that you create balanced meals and appropriate portions.
5. Fat and Calories
Some frozen dinners are very high in fat. Because fat contains twice the number of calories compared to carbohydrates or protein, this often makes frozen dinners high in calories, by default. For example, a 1-cup serving of frozen chicken pot pie may contain nearly 600 calories, more than half of which come from fat. Each pie is 2 cups, so eating the whole thing will net you about 1,200 calories and more fat than many people need in an entire day. No more than 20 percent to 35 percent of your total calories should come from fat, according to the publication, “Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010.”
If cooking food sucks, then do buy frozen foods but don’t make it a habit. This is why sometimes your Grandma asks your to come to her house and eat lunch with her. She worry about your man. Try to understand.