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Dr. Oz Counters Current Views with Best Frozen Foods for Weight Loss

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Frozen Food for Weight Loss

(EmaxHealth) New York City - Contrary to current views that food must be fresh in order to be healthy, Dr. Oz presents his choice of the best frozen foods for losing weight. While many frozen foods are burdened with trans fats and salt, Dr. Oz shows us that some frozen foods are actually quite healthy and will help you toward your goal of losing weight this New Year.

Freezing food for preservation has existed as far back as the days of early man struggling with survival during an Ice Age. The harsh sub-zero temperatures of his arctic climate would essentially flash freeze a fish as soon as it was brought out of the water and onto a frigid bank or ice flow. This was fortuitous for the fisherman as flash freezing not only preserves the meat, but it also ensures that the flesh of the fish is preserved in an intact state that essentially traps nutrients and flavor until thawing for a meal. In comparison, freezing the meat of a fish slowly does not work so well. Slow freezing results in ice crystal formation that ruptures the cells and subsequently leads to poor taste and texture after thawing.

Credit for modern flash freezing goes to Clarence Birdseye, a fur trader in the far North who observed the quick freezing of fish caught by the local Inuit and realized its practical application toward food preservation.

The story goes that Birdseye’s initial invention consisted of using an electric fan with buckets of brine and cakes of ice to quick freeze samples of meat. Later, he devised improved methods that quick froze fresh meat in waxed cardboard boxes using metal belts that were chilled to -40°F to -45°F using a calcium chloride solution or by evaporating ammonia under high pressure conditions. Today, you can find frozen foods in local supermarkets carrying his name under the trademark Birds Eye Frosted Foods®.

The importance of Clarence Birdseye’s discovery and invention is that it added a level of convenience to the modern kitchen. No longer was it necessary to shop every day to keep food on the table. But more significantly, it helps save time when a hectic schedule prevents traditional meal preparation. The risk, however, is that many frozen foods are laden with fats and sodium that not good for your health. As a result, Dr. Oz offers a few suggestions for finding frozen foods that are healthy and good for losing weight.

“Some frozen foods are actually healthy for you, and guess what?—they will even help you shed some weight,” says Dr. Oz in a recent episode showing viewers that making the right choices in frozen food is not so tough once you know what to look for.

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Dr. Oz presented one frozen food from each of the four categories of the best frozen vegetable, the best frozen meat, the best frozen carbohydrate and the best frozen dessert.

Frozen Food #1: Edamame shelled soybeans from Seapoint Farms
“Edamame will boost your metabolism,” says Dr. Oz as he describes how that edamame soybeans are a great, healthy vegetable as a source of 8 grams of protein per serving. “They’re great as a snack, they’re great when you steam them, and they’re ready to eat in minutes when you microwave these things,” says Dr. Oz

Frozen Food #2: Dr. Praeger’s California Veggie Burger
“It has all natural stuff in it—no trans fats, no saturated fats, no cholesterol, it’s packed with spinach and peas and carrots and soybeans. And unlike other veggie burgers, this one has bran in it,” says Dr. Oz. According to Dr. Oz, Dr. Praeger’s California Veggie Burgers are inexpensive and contain only 110 calories per burger.

Frozen Food #3: Trader Joe’s Organic Brown Rice
“One cup gives you about ten percent of your fiber,” says Dr. Oz. “That’s important because when you have fiber you get satiated, you get full…so when you are satiated, you’re not going to want to eat any more food and then you’ll lose weight just like that.”

Frozen Food #4: Julie’s Organic Ice Cream Petite Juliette Sandwiches
“These things are to die for. It’s a frozen dessert and I love it. It’ll help you lose weight…I like them because they are made with real ice cream…only 6 grams of sugar per sandwich, that’s about half the amount of sugar found in other diet ice creams,” says Dr. Oz. Furthermore, Dr. Oz tells us that Julie’s Organic Ice Cream Petite Juliette Sandwiches are only 100 calories per sandwich.
Extra tips when shopping for frozen food for losing weight

When shopping for frozen foods that are healthier choices than others, follow these four basic tips in your decision making process:

1. Try to keep calories in the 250-300 range.
2. Choose meals with less than 4 grams of saturated fats in them.
3. Choose meals that contain less than 800 milligrams of sodium.
4. Select meals that have a minimum of 3-5 grams of fiber.

Image source of frozen food: Wikipedia



Are you kidding me? Recommending any form of ice cream, even one with reduce sugar and fat, as a healthy choice is beyond ludicrous. Dr. Oz has gone too far.
Are you kidding me why NOY Ice Cream? Weight watchers has awesome ice creams and within guidelines and points too! Everything in moderation combined with exercise and some discipline is key to a successful weight loss. Dr. Charlap you are off base here
You can't stay on a strict diet all the time, it's just not being real. Sometimes you crave something sweet. Dr. Oz's ice cream recommendation will at least keep you easily within your calorie and fat target zone for the day instead of totally blowing your day eating Hagaan Daz with tons of sugar and fat.
Clarence Birdseye was not a fur trader. He was an inventor. Frozen food, and the belt freezer for making same was but 1 of his inventions.
Actually, research shows that Clarence Birdseye was many things including taxidermist, businessman, biologist, inventor...and fur trader.
Do you give even a little drug to a drug addict or alcohol to a alcoholic? Processed white sugar is basically an addictive craving and best completely left out of a healthy diet. Weight watchers has no medical component to their program. They don't check blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol or calculate body mass index. They have no psychological counseling or identification of psycho-social issues, They give some advice fo physical activity but don't provide any real assessments of endurance, strength, flexibility, and balance. Therefore, please don't cite a commercial weight loss program as an example of healthy eating. I am sure one can lose weight with ice cream, even Haagan Dazs, as you can with many other unhealthy foods, but it is not a healthy way to lose weight and it may cause other problems even as you lose weight. Many diabetics are not overweight. I stand by my original assertion that Dr. Oz should not be recommending ice cream in any diet meant to promote health. These populist bromides are contributing to our obesity epidemic.