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In today's fast-paced world, many individuals are turning to the convenience of frozen or pre-packaged meals, or running through a fast food drive-through on their way home from work. Dietitians at Comanche County Memorial Hospital and Southwestern Medical Center say that's not a healthy choice.
There are two different categories in the frozen section in the grocery aisle, according to Paige Holder, dietitian for Southwestern Medical Center.
"There are healthier options that are lower in calorie and lower in sodium," Holder said. "Some of them are so low in calories that you're not getting what you need. Some people, because they are controlled portions, will fall back on that because they know exactly what they are getting, how many calories, how many grams of protein. Some of the meals are too low, so it doesn't sustain you for a very long period of time and you want to snack in between meals."
On the other end, there are dinners that promote healthier portions, but they are packed with calories and sodium.
"Those are the biggest two things I see in both of those," she said. "If your calorie needs for the day are about 1,800, some of the meals have up to almost 2,000 calories in them. That would be your entire calorie needs for the day."