Not only are such dinners bad for our health, they're bad for the frozen food industry. Chicago market research firm, SymphonyIRI Group, reported that sales of frozen entrées declined 2 percent in 2012 to $9.2 billion, and it's speculated that some of the reasons are a tough economy, changing eating patterns, and the notion that frozen dinners aren't healthy. Consumers are more health-conscious these days than ever before, and often perceive frozen meals as sub-par, nutritionally. Of course that's not necessarily true, and the frozen food industry is taking steps to get the word out that frozen entrées can be healthy and appealing. But meals like the ones on our list aren't doing much to change perceptions. Here are the 10 frozen dinners to be most wary of next time you find yourself in the frozen food aisle.
As for calories, 250 to 400 for a frozen meal is appropriate for most people, varying with an individual's size, activity level, and appetite. As far as fat content, I don't worry too much about the grams of total fat in a frozen dinner. As long as it has enough protein and you're keeping calories in check, it's not likely that you'll be getting too much fat.
Jack Fisher, of Philadelphia, replicated the frozen dinner model used by Maxson Food Systems, Inc. and tried to market them more to the public. In 1947, he created the company, FrigiDinner, Inc., which sold frozen dinners in bars, taverns, trains, and airplanes in Pennsylvania and Ohio, but they would not be sold in grocery stores until 1955.