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Latest Healthy Food Trend From New York: Solving Your Meal Problems with Prepackaged Food

August 16, 2011

We have sourced interesting healthy food stories from around the world and are pleased to offer this update from a new correspondent, James Kim, based in New York USA.

Mothers: in addition to their main duties of caring for the children and their husband, also take on various others tasks. Soon as dinnertime approach, they barely have energy left for the job of meal preparation so that many times take out or delivery prevails. While this is an understandable choice, given the effort meal planning entails, sometimes, foodstuff coming from these sources, lack the nutrients necessary for keeping their family healthy. They may either contain high concentration of unsafe ingredients or are no longer fresh, exposing those who eats them to possible illness. These are conditions that need to be resolved in other ways for the “health conscious” mom.
Several companies in answer to this prevalent dilemma, introduced the prepackaged health foods as an alternative to fast food deliveries, which are often rich in fat, calories and sodium. The “healthy prepackaged foods” idea is assumed to have been sourced from products of Lean Cuisine, which are labeled with the Weight Watchers points indicating their calorie content. Since their brand name, Lean Cuisine, has also been deemed by the FDA as an assertion to what nutrients their products contain, they have to keep their calories and fats within levels that are required for “lean products”.
Lean Cuisine apparently solved the problems regarding calories and fats, which supports weight loss programs of dieters, but they have not taken into consideration the unhealthy additives they have included. These ingredients include things like processed corn syrup which is high in processed fructose, food coloring, modified ingredients and high sodium level: components which make any food unhealthy by standards.
The innovative idea of prepackaged healthy food has been so widely accepted that a lot of companies followed suit. Among these establishments are the Snap Kitchen and My Fit Foods who offer to deliver “never frozen” and no preservative health foods, but within their locality only. Others provide the option to either pick the prepackaged meals up or have them delivered to their front door; these companies are Diet-To-Go, Freshology and Fresh-n-Fit Cuisine, for example. Almost all gives customers the option to have their health foods tailored according to their preferences and required diet.
All of these companies claim to use fresh ingredients for their meals offered. However, while most of them don’t use harmful additives or preservatives, they are also very expensive, especially those catering to high-end customers like celebrities. Nevertheless, time-pressured people still believe that the benefits outweigh the cost. Many would opt to spend extra money just so they could provide their family and themselves with the healthy meals their bodies need. Even as these establishment profess to ready foodstuff that are fresh and nutritionally balanced, it is still sensible for end customers to scrutinize what they are actually made.

James Kim is a guest writer for foodonthetable.com. Food on the Table is a company that provides online budget meal planning services. Their goal is to help families eat better and save money. We thank James for his contribution.

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  1. August 28, 2011 2:53 pm

    Pre-packaged food are indeed convenient especially for people on the go. However, pre-packaged foods are subject to different preservation procedures which may decrease its nutritional values.

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