Are Frozen Foods Good For Health?

Frozen foods are convenient but they are not good for your health. Know their disadvantages in this article.

Chanchal Sengar
Written by: Chanchal SengarUpdated at: Nov 19, 2022 22:21 IST
Are Frozen Foods Good For Health?

Frozen foods have gained popularity lately. Everything is available throughout the year be it seasonal fruits & vegetables, foods that are cultivated overseas or foods that are ready to cook. While frozen foods are convenient, are these safe for consumption also? Let us find out.

It’s quite easy to sustain on frozen foods right? They aren’t time consuming and easy to prepare. But are frozen foods actually healthy for your body? Well, according to Dietician Vidhi Chawla, founder of Fisico Diet Clinic, the nutrition value of frozen foods is too low and they aren’t even seasonal.

Frozen foods are not healthy

As mentioned above, frozen foods are low in nutrition. Since these foods are non-seasonal and kept frozen for a long time, their nutritive value drops with time. While these might provide you with the certain flavour and aroma, these won’t contain the same amount of nutrients as their fresh form.

It is okay to consume frozen food items once in a while but regular consumption of frozen foods can put you at risk of many health issues.

Spike in Blood sugar levels and Blood pressure

Mostly frozen food is preserved using starch which overtime converts into glucose and frozen food contains sodium which leads to high blood pressure and leads to chronic illness.

Frozen Foods Good or bad

Heart diseases

Frozen food contains high amounts of trans fats which increases cholesterol in the body. When you consume frozen items on a daily basis(including ready-to-eat frozen meals), you are highly susceptible to heart diseases.

Weight gain and obesity

Your convenience might make you gain weight. Frozen foods are high in calories that are not good for your health.Consumption of frozen foods on a regular basis can lead to weight gain and obesity over time.

Risk of cancer

The preservatives used in frozen food can lead to cancer. This is not definitely for infrequent consumption but prolonged intake of frozen foods can increase the risk. According to Dt. Vidhi, corn syrup present in a lot of frozen foods can lead to other diseases.

Expiry date of frozen foods

Frozen Foods

Talking about if frozen food can be consumed after expiry date, well according to Dietician Vidhi Chawla, one can still consume it but it’s not advisable as the ‘use by’ indicates the high quality of the product within that time period. So, eventually the food loses its nutrients, and the flavour gets discoloured. So, expiry date should be considered for a healthy consumption. However, it is best to consume fresh foods as much as possible. You will get nutrients from fresh foods and the authentic taste too.

Additionally, try to consume organic products only to be safe from gases, chemicals and preservatives that are extensively used in frozen foods.

Conclusion

One needs to be extremely careful about the frequency and quantity of frozen foods. Frozen foods are deprived of nutrients and lack minerals and vitamins and are not seasonal. Fresh cooked food, fruits and veggies  are always better.

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