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Are Frozen Meals Healthy?

By
Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Q. How do frozen diet meals (like Lean Cuisine) stack up nutritionally (besides being high in sodium)?

A. I guess it depends on what you’re comparing them to! Bringing a frozen dinner to microwave at lunchtime might be a far better choice than taking your chances at a deli or fast-food restaurant. Frozen meals are certainly convenient and they make it easy to control portion sizes and calories. But I’d evaluate frozen meals the same way I’d evaluate any packaged food, by reading the ingredient list (go for wholesome, recognizable ingredients) and checking out the nutrition facts label for things like calories, fiber, sodium, and sugar.

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About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show. 

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