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Frozen Foods That Deserve A Place In Your Freezer

Mar 07, 2017 12:13 PM EST

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(Photo : Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images) Frozen foods are increasingly becoming popular in the modern lifestyle

In today's life, many people depend on frozen foods for their daily diet. Though in most cases, they are not regarded to be healthy, people looking to make a meal from scratch have to depend on frozen foods most of the times.

According to Consumer Reports, the healthiest frozen are the ones made of a single ingredient. Fruits such as mangoes and berries can be used in smoothies, yogurt parfaits, or muffins. These fruits are available throughout the year and can be easily stored.  Apart from them, vegetables that are picked fresh and flash frozen, can also be a good choice to be used in making meals. They contain the same amount of vitamins and minerals like their fresh counterparts. Frozen vegetables and fruits are also preferable as they are less wasted.

Along with the above-mentioned variables, whole grains and beans in the frozen state are also considered healthy for daily intake. They are also very efficient time savers.  Plain frozen beans are preferred by nutritionists over the canned ones as the sodium content in them remains totally zero.

According to The Health Site, frozen foods like parathas, fries, meats and desserts have dubious health properties. This happens as their ingredients with that of the freshly made meals vary. The hidden or trans fats, which is often present in these frozen foods, are a major concern for health. Besides them, frozen entrees, pizza, ice creams and frozen sandwiches also consist of harmful ingredients that affect people's health in the long run.

The sodium content found in frozen foods also becomes an issue. Many of the frozen meals comprise of 700 to 1800 mg of sodium, which makes it really bad, especially for people with high blood pressure. The nutritionists recommend a maximum of 2300 mg of sodium dosage per day.

Ideally, it is recommended that frozen foods should be consumed within six months of manufacturing. The frozen foods kept for a long time inside the freezer might become unhealthy as ice crystals and freezer burns occur to them if not packed properly.

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