Jul 18, 2013

Frozen TV Dinners Healthier Than Most Home Cooked Meals

Many co-workers of mine are always quick to brag about "eating good" and having a nice healthy home cooked meal. Turns out that most home cooked meals are worse for you than a frozen tv dinner. A study coming out of the UK has found that most recipes in popular cookbooks including: "Ministry of Food" and "30 Minute Meals" by Jamie Oliver, "Kitchen" by Nigella Lawson, and "River Cottage Everyday" by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall have 3 or 4 times more calories, fat, and sodium than your average frozen tv dinner.

This study actually was pretty indepth. It looked at nutritional content such as sugars, proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and total calories. Most of the recipes you find in these recipe books and almost every popular recipe book around the world revolve around 1 thing, how good it tastes. Sure they may be loaded with vitamins, minerals, protein and other essentials we need on a daily basis, but its also loaded with too much of what the World Health Organization or WHO has set daily limits for in their daily dietary guidelines. The recipes that I have put together on this site not only revolve around great tasting food, but also adheres to these guidelines to help my loyal subscribers adhere to a healthy lifestyle. That is not true for all recipe sources. Just because your "home cooked meal" is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, does not mean it adheres to the dietary guidelines of the WHO and the USDA. This doesn't mean that all home cooked meals are the same, it just means that you have to keep these guidelines in mind if you want to prevent obesity or other major health complications in the future.

So what does this mean for you? Should you stop cooking at home all together and just eat TV dinners for the rest of your days? Absolutely not. Keep a watchful eye on your daily sodium and calorie intake. TV dinners may adhere to the daily limits, however they won't have as many vitamins and minerals as a home cooked meal, and our body needs that too. So just remember before you follow your favorite chef on the Food Network, make sure you keep in mind just how much sodium and fat you are adding to the recipe. Its always best to use your better judgement and use substitutes where possible. Experiment and stay healthy the recipe your following is not scripture. Stay healthy my friends.

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