to me yes they are and we don't eat them in our house, shoot we don't even own a microwave by choice. Everything we eat in this house is either fresh or frozen, hardly eat canned foods. I have to watch my sodium too.
In my personal opinion they are. They do have a lot of sodium as some one mentioned, but so do things like pickles, LOL. I don't really eat them that often (too expensive for one thing, and they don't fill me up for another).
I think they are. I've tried a lot of different brands, they are all high in sodium, with probably 1 exception, the Lean Cusine range.
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Read the ingredients list, it is long and half the stuff I can't pronounce. Yes I'd call it processed and I stay away from them. I make my own frozen meals when I batch cook and I think they taste a lot better.
I would say they are processed but I am no expert. I think of how they need to be preserved - for shelf life - and some kind of processing must be involved.
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I never bought them or read the ingredients, but I'll bet some are processedl
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I keep a few in the freezer at work for days when I don't have good leftovers to take for lunch. I wouldn't want to eat them every day though.
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Definitely they are processed (unless you're making your own, which I also do sometimes). With that said, I believe in moderation (and for me, big moderation), they are OK. I almost always add either a salad or some frozen veggies to go with.
I also agree that they are a step up from fast food.
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Despite the articles claim of "good nutrition" on several of the frozen food choices, I trust those meals just about as far as I can throw them, which I would be likely to do if some told me I had to eat them.
Yes, they are processed and I used to buy a few too to have as a fast go to when say coming home from a busy day. That was then though, and not now since I seen on 20/20 where calories. Some were off by 300 calories and the fat grams were off too, just everything was off and not true.They had many easily off by 200-250 calories. I hadn't bought any since. No telling what fillers are in those things too. Really, if you get baggies or small containers you can cook a large pot or casserole of you own dish and freeze them up and zap in microwave yourself. On 20/20 they had people who ate those along with other things in their day. They recorded everything they ate and calorie counted and all that jazz but still gained weight, why because of those meals sending them off their calorie and fat intake. Those diet package foods are like eating fast food, but smaller portion and no flavor.
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I do think they are processed food, so I try not to have too many frozen meals. But I do eat maybe one or two a week just because they are so easy to take to work, and I don't always get around to cooking any big batch meals.
Personally, I keep a few in the freezer so I've got something quick and "brainless" to grab on a day when there isn't anything else, or no time, to pack for lunch. I agree with the article's assessment that you may need to add more vegetables or a salad and fruit, to really make a meal out of some of them. And definitely, not all frozen entrees are "created equal"; those people watching their sodium intake really need to read the labels.
IMO diet entrees are indeed processed foods; but I don't think that means it's "bad" to occasionally include them in your diet if you choose to. Beats fast food or skipping lunch.
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