Frozen foods are getting popular nowadays, and this will increase with time. With everyone being busy in their lives, frozen foods are one of the most convenient options. Though they simplify our lives but have their advantages and disadvantages. Here we will explore the nutritional value of frozen foods and their impact on health. So, let’s get started and see what frozen can offer over fresh food.
Don’t worry, we are not asking you to remove those packets from your refrigerator. 😛 They have benefits too, and we will start with them.
Benefits of frozen food over fresh food:
- They provide a healthier alternative to junk food. Your busy schedule might not allow you to cook something healthy, but frozen foods make this task super-easy. Get those vegetables and start cooking.
- They help control portion size. To lose weight or to maintain a healthy lifestyle, one must follow a proper portion size. More or less of it can create weight-related issues. So, these frozen foods might help you control your portion size.
- Fruits have their nutritional benefits, and most of us ignore them because of extra preparation time. So, the frozen options are better than no fruits at all.
- They save time. Your busy schedule might push you to pick unhealthy options from the shelf. So, frozen food saves time and has better nutritional value.
- Frozen foods are affordable and help avoid food wastage. You can prepare them as you like.
Disadvantages of frozen food:
- Calorie content: The fat content in frozen food is high and has twice the calories of protein or carbohydrates. So this makes them calorie dense, which can further make it challenging to maintain a calorie count.
- Diabetes Risk: The starch-based coating is used to increase the shelf life and preserve the quality of frozen food. Starch can increase the blood sugar level, thus increasing the risk of diabetes.
- Risk of heart diseases: Trans fats make you prone to heart disease and are often responsible for clogged arteries, which are present in frozen food. The fat raises bad cholesterol (LDL) in the body and lowers the good cholesterol (HDL). Also, their high sodium content increases the cholesterol level in the body. These conditions thus augment the risk of heart disease.
- Nutritional value decreases: No frozen food can be as good as fresh food. Frozen pizzas, and snacks, can have almost the same nutritional values. Also, sometimes frozen food and vegetables can be nutritious. But, this depends on the methods of preservation, freezing, and cooking.
- High preservative content: Preservatives are added to increase the shelf life and the list includes butylated hydroxyanisole or BHA. BHA might increase the risk of cancer and is categorized as a potential endocrine disruptor by the European Union. Though freezing is a preservative method, some manufacturers might use other preservatives. Check the label before adding anything to your cart.
What can you do?
- Frozen foods make our tasks easy and save us from all that junk in the market. But, have disadvantages as well. So, you can limit your intake of frozen food and should avoid relying on them completely.
- We have written some amazing meal planning tips for you: Visit the link: Meal planning and its value and start planning your meals to avoid over-consumption of frozen foods.
- Nutritional labels can be beneficial, as they allow you to scan things before you consume them. Make sure you read them properly and look for the red flags before bringing them to your plates. Here’s our guide to nutritional labels.
- Don’t run behind the front claims, as they can fool you. Front claims like no preservatives, zero sugar, etc., are there to attract customers. Make sure you read the nutritional label content. Those fancy packets can mislead you.
- Prioritize your health and try consuming fresh food as much as you can.
We are not targeting any brand here. You are free to like any brand, but know what you consume.