If you have a hectic schedule and don’t have time to cook, you can rely on easy-to-make or pre-prepared meals, including frozen options. While we certainly don’t blame you for opting for solutions that save you time, it’s important to realize that overly processed meals can be harmful to your health, including your heart’s.
In fact, one frozen food that specialists recommend avoiding as much as possible if you want to maintain excellent heart health is frozen pizza.
We spoke with Clinicspots Registered Dietitian & Nutritionist Krutika Nanavati to learn more about the health risks of frozen foods like pizza. She informed us that the processed ingredients in this convenient meal can put you at risk of heart disease and other health problems. Continue reading to get all of her advice and insights!
Frozen pizzas are undeniably delicious and convenient. After a long day, nothing sounds better than a couple of slices of cheesy bliss from a pizza that requires almost little effort to prepare. Unfortunately, all of that ease comes at a cost; as it turns out, eating this processed food may endanger your health over time.
“Most frozen pizzas are laden with harmful components, such as processed meats, high-fat cheeses, and sweet sauces,” writes Nanavati. All of these processed components are terrible enough on their own because they contain a lot of fat and calories while providing almost little nutritional value.
When you combine them all, you have a formula for catastrophe when it comes to your heart health. “While a slice of pizza here and there isn’t going to kill you, eating frozen pizzas on a regular basis can increase your chance of getting heart disease or other cardiovascular problems,” Nanavati advises.
Some frozen pizzas are likely to be worse than others. According to Nanavati, “topping it off with processed meats and full-fat cheese can make it even worse.” Processed meats, in particular sausage and pepperoni, can have a major impact on your heart health.
These ingredients, according to Nanavati, “are often high in saturated fat and sodium, both of which can be detrimental to your health if consumed in excess,” adding that “eating processed meats can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular problems, so it’s best to avoid them as much as possible.” This includes avoiding them on your pizza.
Overall, no processed frozen food is good for your health, so ignore the freezer department at the grocery store. If you truly want pizza, it’s probably worth the effort to prepare one from scratch with fresh ingredients and loads of nutritious veggies rather than reheating a frozen one. While it may take a little longer than the alternative, your body will thank you!