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Health Food Imposter #5: Frozen ‘Diet’ Dinners

Don’t let clever marketing slogans like ‘farm picked’ on the box deceive you into thinking these are anything more than a low-calorie frozen dinner, says Christina Pirello, author of Cooking the Whole Foods Way: Your Complete, Everyday Guide to Healthy, Delicious Eating and host of the Christina Cooks TV series. “All veggies are picked from a farm, it’s just a meaningless phrase designed to make you think this frozen dinner is somehow fresh from the farm stand, when in fact, it’s anything but,” Pirello says. With ingredients like modified corn starch, onion powder, whey protein concentrate, xanthan gum, mono and diglycerides, these meals have little to do with nature, she says. Sure, they may be low cal, but that doesn't mean they're healthy or anywhere near natural.

The Better Pick: There aren’t a lot of good frozen dinner options out there, says Pirello, so it’s best to make your own meals whenever possible. But if you can't, Pirello recommends buying Amy’s Organics meals. “Amy's is the real deal. They are a family-owned company committed to quality,” she says.

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