With the rise of the slow food movement, Americans have seen a shift away from the TV dinners of yesteryear toward more deliberate meal preparation with fresh ingredients—and, often, time-intensive recipes. But have we got it wrong? Betty Confidential says that some brands, like Stouffer’s Lean Cuisine, actually offer fewer calories and lower sodium than the real deal. What’s more, the idyllic home-cooked supper just isn’t realistic in a society with the increasing number of dual-income households. “That probably means giving up the lifestyle you see in magazines,” they say, “but it doesn’t mean you’re not making healthy choices for your family.”
Can prepared meals be healthier than fresh ones?