Whats wrong with convenience foods?
There's nothing wrong with the fact that a food's convenient- but most convenience foods are designed to be cheap, tasty and non-perishable. As a result, the ingredients chosen for products are typically empty and have many added sugars and fats. Trans-fats are typically used because they don't spoil as readily and corn syrup is a cheap way to make your product sweet. Salt can also add a lot of "flavor" very inexpensively. Enriched wheat flour is also chosen since most people prefer the taste. Most fruits and vegetables are much too expensive to really be considered for such cheap products, and don't carry an appeal to the typical convenience-food buying consumer. As a result, the products you get might taste good, but they're mostly empty calories, trans fats, sugar and salt. While health food stores sell many healthy convenience foods, these products are much more expensive than their traditional counterparts, may have a reduced shelf life and therefore have not gained such wide of an appeal.
These are foods that require little to no preparation. That is the convenience (or upside) which these foods represent. However, convenience foods tend to be highly processed, and also tend to contain excessive amounts of salt, sugar and saturated fats. Examples include prepared frozen meals, fast food restaurant fare, salty snacks, sodas, candies and fatty snacks. Convenience foods are considered to be strongly contributory to the obesity epidemic in the U.S.
It would be very tricky to incorporate convenience foods (such as bought in gas stations or convenience stores) into family meals because most convenience foods are higher in fats, sugars, and wasted calories. However, many microwave pre-packaged foods can be used for family meals. As always, it is important to read labels and understand Daily Requirements.
Convenience foods or junk foods are typically foods that are very processed, and lack nutritional value. The reason why processed food is not healthy in large quantities is that our bodies do not digest these foods easily. This forces your body to keep working towards digesting and does not enable it use the stored energy it has, thus adding to our love handles. The best food is easy for your body to digest, giving you…
Acceptable appearance and taste; minimal preparation, service and time; and - in one manifestation - social contacts are benefits of convenience foods. Specifically, the term convenience foods also are called tertiary processed goods. They include such easy-to-prepare-and-serve items as canned, dried, freeze-dried, frozen, packaged, preserved and shelf-stable products. They rarely involve fast-food and restaurant offerings, which if included offer the attractions of socialization and solidarity as benefits.