The Best and Worst Frozen Diet Dinners

See if your frozen dinner passed the Oz Test.

The Best and Worst Frozen Diet Dinners

Dr. Oz, investigative reporter Jenna Wolfe, and the show’s medical unit put frozen diet dinners to the test. A total of 14 sample meals from six different brands were judged according to their nutritional content and taste. In particular, the team focused on five nutritional components – calories, saturated fat, sodium, fiber, and protein. Get the entire frozen diet dinner guidelines and find out which three meals missed the cut and which three meals topped the recommendation list.

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The Worst: Healthy Choice® Portabella Spinach Parmesan

At first glance, this frozen pasta meal with baby portabella mushrooms, spinach, and Parmesan cheese seems simple and delicious but when you consider the nutrition information, it only offers eight grams of protein per serving and is relatively high in sodium, at 570 milligrams per serving.

More: The Protein Cheat Sheet

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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