Some of the ingredients found in ready meals may include Annatto, Sulphur Dioxide and Xanthan Gum. In a very short but randomised sample of 100 UK citizens, not one person knew what any of these ingredients were.
(PRWEB UK) 19 December 2012
Recent affairs have revealed that ready meals are healthier than those cooked fresh from a recipe book. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-20713985.)
Ready meals can rarely be classified as ‘healthy.’ They contain unknown ingredients, plenty of preservatives and a shocking amount of salt per packet.
The study revealed by Newcastle University suggests that celebrity chefs’ recipes are unhealthier as they contain more calories, saturated fat and sugar.
Whilst this may be true, the myth surrounding calories has long been debated and the quality of the food is subject to debate.
Some of the ingredients found in ready meals may include Annatto, Sulphur Dioxide and Xanthan Gum. In a very short but randomised sample by Differ Diets of 100 UK citizens, not one person knew what any of these ingredients were. This can be compared in stark contrast with meals prepared fresh at home with the knowledge of ingredients within the user’s control.
And don’t be fooled by the healthier ready meals. These can equally contain poor ingredients such as Sodium Triphosphate.
But what effect does this have on your body? Dr. Hadi explains:
“Preservatives and salt can have a large impact on water retention which is commonly referred to as the ‘fat’ that is lost on a crash diet. They can also impact the liver, your body’s filter system which prevents nasty toxins from entering the bloodstream.”
Home cooking might lead to greater calorie consumption but these calories are, the majority of the time, derived from natural ingredients and it is very well understood that protein and unsaturated fats are critical to weight loss or maintenance and still contain a high calorie/ gram ratio.
Dr. Hadi later suggests:
“Ready meals rarely contain any essential vitamins and minerals. These are normally removed during the preservation process.”
Most ready meals contain a source of simple carbohydrates which are, again, being blamed for a rise in obesity, particularly in children.
Records show that cooking has been an integral part of the human race, but consumption of ready meals has been a relatively recent invention.
Stuart Allen, Business Development Manager of Differ Diets, an online weight loss solution responsible for this strong opposition to ready-meals, reveals:
“Cooking fresh ingredients, regardless of their calories, is a better solution for anybody, whether dieting or not. This has been a critical factor to the development of the human race. Ready meals contain poor ingredients and there is no control as to what can be added and taken away.”
When cooking at home, there are simply ways of cutting down on calories, such as using less oil or butter, condiments or added sugar and salt.
Ultimately this depends on the readiness of the meal as some supermarkets are taking a step in the right direction by providing meals that, although not cooked, are in ready-made packaging to make the cooking process easier.