Especially now – during this Coronavirus/ COVID-19 pandemic – people are getting creative with their meal planninng strategies. Many have turned to frozen foods. Although frozen foods can be a good option for some, it may not be for YOU!
Are frozen foods now a major part of your diet? Find how they may be harming you!
1. Not as healthy as fresh
For people whose major part of diet include frozen foods, there are certain things you need to change in your lifestyle. Frozen foods not only pose a lot of health hazards but also lose nutrients over the course of time. And that is reason enough for you to try including more fresh food in your diet and stay away from frozen food as much as possible, in order to keep health problems at bay.
2. Risk of Diabetes
Frozen basically contains starch, which is added to keep the food fresh for longer periods of time. The added starch boosts both, the taste and the appearance of the food. Starch is basically a polymer, which is a part of glucose chain.
Eating excess starch can not only make your body prone to developing diabetes, but can also damage your body tissues, too. Thus, it is best to not include frozen foods – whenever possible – and eat more fresh and seasonal foods.Tweet
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3. Elevated Blood Pressure
In order to keep food fresh for long, different types of preservatives are added to it. One side effect of these preservatives is the risk of high blood pressure. Frozen foods have high concentration of sugar and salt, which can lead to blood pressure spikes. If you are already suffering from hypertension, it is wise to stay away from frozen food.
4. Makes you prone to heart disease
Another risk associated with frozen foods is heart diseases. Frozen food contains large amount of trans fat, which can not only clog arteries but also leave you prone to heart diseases. It also increases your body’s cholesterol levels, which further leads to several heart problems.
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5. Pancreatic cancer
Several studies have linked frozen food to pancreatic cancer. Preservatives added to frozen food, like corn syrup, is made up of glucose which is found on cooked packaged meals. The corn syrup exhibits carcinogenic tendencies, which is the main contributor to cancer. A study found out that frozen hot dogs and sausages increases the risk of contracting cancer by more than 65%.
Switch to a healthier lifestyle if you want to keep the above given problems at bay. Buy fresh fruits and vegetables and avoid storing frozen foods. If you cannot avoid frozen foods totally, try buying foods which are labelled low on sodium. Buy packages which have a lower shelf life. This would mean that they have comparatively less preservatives than other frozen foods.
Source: Times of India
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