Frozen or Fast Food?

Frozen or Fast Food?

Ansony Kim, Reporter

Both frozen and fast food are unhealthy for you, however we all have those nights when we’re hungry and lazy to prepare anything.

A recent study, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, has shown that frozen meals contain fewer calories, less fat, and more nutrients than fast food.

The study discovered those who eat frozen meals consume an average of 253 fewer calories and 2.6 less grams of saturated fat per day than fast food eaters. Of course frozen and fast food are not as healthy as eating freshly cooked meals, but it is still good information for people who are forced to decide between the two options.

People who eat more frozen foods also intake more vegetables, however they are high in salt; containing more than half the recommended daily allowance of 2,300 mg.

Fast food is also generally high in salt, saturated fat, and low in nutrients. The portions are greater than the average person requires.

A study by Dr. Victor L. Fulgoni, co-author of “the analysis” and vice president of Nutrition Impact, LLC, revealed that frozen food consumers, scored higher in total Healthy Eating Index and consumed more total vegetables, greens, grains and protein. They also consumed less refined grains and empty calories.

Kim Krumhar, Ph.D., Scientific Advisor – Nutrition, Nestlé reported “We are excited about the results of this study as it shows that frozen meals can play an important role in helping Americans meet the US Dietary Guidelines.”

Next time you want something quick to eat, you now know the healthier choice.