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Many families depend on frozen foods for quick meals after a hectic day. After all, there’s no cooking involved; just heat and serve. But how healthy are frozen foods? They are affordable and can be somewhat beneficial if you know what ingredients you are consuming.

The big question is how many additives, fat, sugars or salt are in that frozen cardboard box. Manufacturers of frozen food store them at low temperatures to suppress spoilage, increasing their shelf life. This preparation decreases any nutritional value of the original food.

6. High Salt Content

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Even though you may not taste it, processed frozen food is high in sodium. This can increase your blood pressure, causing hypertension. One of the biggest nutrition killers, salt can make up as much as 57 percent of frozen packages.

5. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) Additives

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Many companies add MSG to food to add flavor and make it more appealing to consumers. The side effects of MSG can be headaches, throat swelling, sweats, and allergic reactions. In fact, many people have been diagnosed with an allergy to MSG when tested and have to stay away from it.

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