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

Fat Substitutes: Could They Be Leading to Your Weight Gain?

They're hiding in everything from low-fat cottage cheese to protein shakes.

Fat substitutes are compounds that resemble the chemical and physical properties of certain fats and oils and are often used to replace conventional fats (butter, oil) in baking and frying. They can help bring calorie counts down.

But fat substitutes are almost like secret ingredients that hide in plain sight, says Mark Schatzker, author of the upcoming book "The End of Craving: Recovering the Lost Wisdom of Eating Well."

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