Is Eating Prepared Industrial Dishes Bad For Your Health?
Prepared dishes are ready-made dishes that are very practical, saving time. They also come in prepared dishes “healthy” or prepared dishes “slimming”! But, these industrial dishes are now blamed on all sides: they would be full of ingredients dangerous for the balance of food, health and the shape!
Are industrial dishes less “nutritious” and more caloric?
- Industrial cooked meals often contain less vitamins , and some minerals can be lost. Extracts and concentrates of vegetables and fruits reduce the fiber richness. Additives and flavor enhancers are often used.
- However, these dishes are not necessarily high in calories. The prepared dishes are in fact dosed very precisely from this point of view, to correspond to the value of a portion that is considered “normal”. In the case of a slimming dish, the caloric value is decreased and corresponds to the intake calculated under a low-calorie diet . Certainly, the food contains, carbohydrates, lipids, as well as salt, which are flavor enhancers. But not necessarily more than home cooking. We also accuse food processing of boosting their glycemic index, but again, it depends on the products and what they are compared to.
Are industrial prepared meals a health hazard?
- They contain additives. Firstly, additives, ie dyes, preservatives, sweeteners, are used in calibrated quantities, respecting thresholds established by the scientific authorities.
However, today we speak of the “cocktail effect”: according to the toxicologist Vyvyan Howard, a professor at the University of Liverpool, the combined effects of products, even in small quantities, could have endocrine-like effects. A particular additive is also regularly accused of being more toxic than previously thought. Monosodium glutamate (E621), a flavor enhancer, is for example on the harness and will cause hyperactivity in children. Note that glutamate has been used extensively in Asian cuisine since the beginning, with no consequences of this type …
- The industrial dishes contain “bad fats” : they are too rich in essential omega-6 fatty acids, pro-inflammatory (for example in sunflower oil, low-cost) to the detriment of omega-3s, which are excellent for Cardiovascular health (contained in rapeseed oil). In this regard, let us note that homemade cooking is in the same case , and that indeed, both in the agro-food industry and in its kitchen, it is necessary to watch over the omega 6 / omega 3 balances. Among these ” Bad fats “, include:
- Trans fatty acids (which appear when some fats such as palm oil are solidified by hydrogenation). These trans fatty acids are now recognized as dangerous for cardiovascular health. WHO advocates a complete ban, but in fact, industrialists have taken the lead and trans-fatty acids are still present only in products of the lowest quality.
- PAMPs : the English acronym (meaning “molecular motifs associated with pathogens”) refers to molecules released by certain bacteria, viruses or fungi that cause inflammatory reactions in our immune system and increase the risk of heart disease or type 2 diabetes 2. Some people say that they contain prepared meals made from minced meat (hamburgers, lasagnes, sausages), pre-cut vegetables sold in sachets, sauces, sandwiches, some cheeses and chocolates, to contain these famous PAMPs.