July 2, 2007

Angels and Devils: Frozen Foods

The frozen food market has been growing increasingly over the past 15 years, as more food shoppers seek convenience.

When it comes to nutrition, though, ease does not always equal health. Here’s a quick list of what to steer away from, and what you can put in your cart with peace of mind.

As you read this list, remember that saturated fat intake should be at no more than 20 grams per day for a 2,000 calorie diet (your specific limit would be lower or higher depending on how many less or more calories you eat), and your sodium intake should not surpass 2,300 milligrams each day, regardless of your caloric intake.


Amy’s Black Bean Burrito

280 calories

1 gram saturated fat

580 milligrams sodium

Amy’s Rice and Bean Burrito

280 calories

.5 g saturated fat

550 mg sodium

Healthy Choice Chicken Enchiladas

310 calories

2.5 g saturated fat

600 mg sodium

Lean Cuisine Glazed Chicken

230 calories

1 g saturated fat

530 mg sodium


Bertolli Shrimp Scampi over Linguini

550 calories

10 g saturated fat

1200 mg sodium

Marie Callender’s Herb Roasted Chicken w/ Mashed Potatoes

530 calories

12 g saturated fat

1,270 mg sodium

Swanson Hungry Man Classic Fried Chicken Dinner

790 calories

10 g saturated fat

1,940 mg sodium

Stouffer’s White Meat Chicken Pot Pie

730 calories

18 g saturated fat

1,180 mg sodium

Hungry Man Mexican Style Fiesta

870 calories

10 g saturated fat

2,230 mg sodium

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