In today’s busy lifestyle, when both husband and wife are busy working and completing deadlines or students are staying out of home for job or study, then sometimes at end of day cooking fresh food can be an uphill task. So the easy and convenient option can be frozen food. The frozen pranthas, peas, fries, vegetarian and non vegetarian snacks are easy to cook and make up a large percentage of their diet. Nothing can match up to home cooked fresh food as it is full of love, emotions and human touch. But one question still persist “IS IT SAFE TO HAVE FROZEN FOOD?” Many myths of being healthy or unhealthy do rounds. The nutritional content of frozen food always remains questionable.
HOW FAR IS FROZEN FOOD REALLY HARMFUL FOR HEALTH?
CONTAINS TRANS FAT
Trans fat is created in an industrial process that adds hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils to make them more solid. Consuming a diet high in trans fats can lead to high cholesterol levels in the blood, which can cause health conditions such as heart disease, heart attacks and strokes. The ingredients of frozen food can never match the freshly prepared food. So one should not take them often; it is just taken in hurry to satisfy pangs of hunger.
HIGH SODIUM CONTENT
The sodium content is also one of the main factors that make frozen foods unhealthy. A lot of frozen meals contain between 700 to 1800 mg of sodium. The daily recommended maximum dosage of sodium is 2,300 mg. Frequent consumption of frozen foods can put people at risk of high blood pressure and other health conditions.
HIGH IN CALORIES AND SATURATED FAT
Try to avoid frozen foods that contain creamy and fatty sauces. As they are high in calories content that can lead to increased body weight.
SOMETIMES TASTES AWFUL
Some non branded companies may use other cheap preservatives to cut the cost, which can sometimes leads to their awful taste.
ARE ALL FROZEN FOOD UNHEALTHY?
No, all frozen food are not always unhealthy. Some time they are better than fresh foods. Some vegetables and fruits that we buy fresh starts to loose their nutritional value as we keep them in refrigerator for long time, but frozen food like peas, beans are been processed and made to freeze immediately after few hours of harvesting. Freezing them help to keep their nutritional value intact.
TIPS FOR CHOOSING AND MAKING THEM BETTER FROZEN FOOD:
CHECK BEFORE YOU BUY
Do not forget to check the ingredients before you buy. The only ingredients that should be listed in the fruits or vegetables you are purchasing are the fruits or vegetables themselves.
USE AS EMERGENCY OPTION
There is no comparison to home cooked fresh food that other than high nutritional value has human touch and feelings that lasts longer. So use frozen food only as an option in emergency not as daily routine diet.
BALANCE IT WITH FRUITS AND SALAD
If at one time you had this try, try to avoid it for next one also. In order to balance the nutritional value, have salads and fruits as they make you feel full to stomach and lead to less snacking.