I don’t eat frozen dinners. I don’t believe in them. Why? First of all, they’re disgusting. And don’t go pretending they taste good, because they don’t. I know they only take a few minutes to make in the microwave and that’s convenient or whatever, but in my opinion, they’re not worth it. There’s a few other reasons why I woudn’t eat them.
Besides the fact that they’re barely edible, they’re packed with sodium. Sometimes, they include about half of your recommended sodium intake for the day, which is between 1500 and 2400 mg. Most frozen foods are filled with sodium, which is why I prefer to eat fresh foods instead. Why is sodium bad? It can raise your blood pressure, it can harm your organs, and most noticably, it makes you bloated. Sometimes when I have too much sodium, I’ll wake up the next day and my fingers and wrists will seem swollen. It’s gross.
A lot of the time, frozen dinners have ingredients that we’ve never heard of. For instance, here are the ingredients in a Lean Cuisine Glazed Chicken dinner.
COOKED CHICKEN TENDERLOINS (CHICKEN TENDERLOINS, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, WATER, CORN OIL, MODIFIED CORNSTARCH, LEMON JUICE CONCENTRATE, SODIUM PHOSPHATES, SALT, CARAMEL COLOR, POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, GARLIC, ONION, PAPRIKA, SPICE), WATER, BLANCHED ENRICHED LONG GRAIN PARBOILED RICE (WATER, RICE, IRON, NIACIN, THIAMIN MONONITRATE, FOLIC ACID), GREEN BEANS, MUSHROOMS, ONIONS, 2% OR LESS OF BLANCHED WILD RICE, MODIFIED CORNSTARCH, SUGAR, SALT, CULTURED WHEY, CHICKEN FAT, LEMON JUICE CONCENTRATE, CARAMEL COLOR, DEHYDRATED ONIONS, SPICES, DEHYDRATED GARLIC, PAPRIKA.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t normally cook with chicken fat, thiamin mononitrate, and folic acid. Basically, it’s not natural. I’d much rather buy my own fresh chicken and season it with ingredients that I’ve actually heard of.
Also, they’re overpriced for what they give you. Some diet dinners are around $5, and they’re still disgusting. Why pay so much for such a sad example of food?
Finally, oftentimes they aren’t even that low-calorie. For example, a pepperoni pizza Lean pocket has 280 calories, 7 grams of fat, and 43 grams of carbohydrates. How is that even healthy? Not to mention it has 720 mg of sodium.
There are SO many other options to eat healthy. I know there are people who have lost weight from diet dinners, but it certainly isn’t the most healthy way. Once in awhile, if you’re in a rush, these might be a good alternative to something that’s really bad for you, but generally speaking, I’d stay away from these.