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Here is a question I recently received from FOODPICKER.org:

Since I live alone, I rarely cook (if ever).  I have type 2 diabetes and I’m wondering which is better… eating frozen dinners or restaurant food?  Thank you for your help.

Answer:  Frozen dinners and restaurant food both can be high in calories, sodium and fat.  When looking at frozen dinners, read the label.  Try to find ones that have less than 250 mg sodium and 3 grams fat per 100 calories (the less sodium and fat the better).  For example, if there are 300 calories in the meal, there should be less than 750 mg sodium and 9 grams fat.  Also look for the varieties that have vegetables in them like broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and peas.

When going out to eat, there are a couple things you can do to help you make the best choices: check out the restaurants website online and look for their nutrition facts, ask your server what items are lower in fat and sodium, share the meal with someone you are with, or ask for a to-go box prior to eating. This way, you can divide the meal into leftovers and you can control how much you eat.

When you do cook, portion out the leftovers and freeze them.  Next time you want a home cooked meal instead of a frozen dinner or going out to eat, you will have 1 serving already prepared that will just need to be heated.  (Heat leftovers to 165* for at least 15 seconds)

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