‘Healthy’ Dinners That Aren’t as Healthy as You May Think

There are plenty of reasons to be wary of frozen dinners, even those marketed as healthy. If you pay attention to labels, you’ll find many are not as healthy as they may seem.

Healthy Choice Classics Chicken Parmigiana

This meal contains surprisingly high levels of added sugar for the meal type. If you ignore the labels, you may get a heavier daily dose of sugar than you expect. Additionally, this meal contains considerable amounts of preservatives.

Healthy Choice Sweet & Sour Chicken

This frozen dinner contains plenty of added sugar. It also goes heavy on sodium, at about 600 milligrams, which may increase blood pressure for those susceptible to hypertension.

Lean Cuisine Chicken in Sweet BBQ Sauce

While this dinner’s caloric and fat content are relatively low, the sodium content is rather high, as are sugar and carbohydrate levels. The low-calorie content due to the small serving size may not meet your dietary needs, and you could end up feeling hungry soon.

Trader Giotto’s Organic Roasted Vegetable Pizza

While this vegetable pizza may be organic, it is also relatively tiny for a whole meal, so it will not keep you full, and you might reach out for another pizza or a greasy, processed snack. The ratio of protein to saturated fat in this meal does not favor protein, which is essential for feeling sated and fueling your body with energy.

Lean Cuisine Bowls Oven Fried Chicken With Mashed Potatoes

Lean Cuisine Bowls Oven Fried Chicken with Mashed Potatoes is low in calories but high in preservatives. It contains bleached flour and starches that make it look yummy but aren’t ideal for health. Additionally, it is deficient in fiber but high in salt.

Bottom Line

Read the nutrition label before purchasing if you’re looking for a healthy frozen dinner. Furthermore, consider your body’s needs. If you are pretty active, dinners with a higher calorie count may be the best for you. Meanwhile, lower calorie options might be better for a more sedentary lifestyle.

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