Hypertension sufferers must check the ingredients of frozen and processed foods.
In the fast-paced world we live in, many people have no energy after a full day of work to make food from scratch and instead resort to frozen meals like pizza, burgers and fries, as well as canned or boxed food, and processed meat. Studies, however, have raised concerns however about the nutritional value of these vs. fresh foods and freshly prepared meals.
According to a research, the health properties of some frozen foods are questionable, because of their partially hydrogenated palm oil content, which might have hidden trans fats. People with high blood pressure need to avoid foods high in salt and sodium contained in processed and frozen foods. These foods may contain between 700 to 1,800 mg of sodium and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) recommends sodium intake of 1,500 mg per day for people with hypertension. Instant meals and frozen fruits packed in syrup or that have a cheese sauce may also be high in calories and saturated fat.
Nevertheless, not all frozen food is bad. Fruits and vegetables are two food groups that are as good purchased frozen as they are fresh. In some cases, they may actually be better, because vegetables and fruits kept in the fridge for a long time lose some of their nutritional value. Whereas, buying them frozen and then defrosting when you want the fruit or vegetable can actually retain more nutrients.
Peas and green beans, for example, lose a lot of vitamin C within hours of being picked. However, if they are canned or frozen, usually within hours of being harvested, they retain their nutrients until they are defrosted.
Researchers say that it is still important to pay attention to nutrition labels and plan your meals accordingly. If you have had one such meal, then try and eat fresh food for the others. To make sure you have enough nutrition, at least have a salad, fruit or vegetables along with a frozen meal.