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Advantages and Disadvantages of Convenience Foods

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Convenient foods have become widely popular especially among working class people, teenage children, people living in hostels, bachelors, sharing rooms etc. Convenience foods are used to shorten the time of meal preparation at home. Some convenient foods can be eaten immediately or after adding some water, heating or thawing.

Some popular, easy to prepare convenient foods are: Masala Oats, Corn flakes, canned soup, frozen foods (sausages, ham, bacon etc), bread etc. Other convenience foods are cake mixes, spice mix powder, sauces etc that are pre-cooked and sold. Most of the convenience foods takes hardly less than 5 minutes to cook the food. They are often prepared or packaged before being consumed and can be used at any time, quickly and easily by thawing or heating the food.

It is a fact that convenient foods are designed to be cheap, tasty and non-perishable but the ingredients added into these packaged products contain added sugars and fats. Trans-fat is typically used as they don’t spoil the food and corn syrup is a cheap way to make the product sweet. Salt can also add awesome flavor very inexpensively to the food. Most of the convenience foods have become very popular because they can be served as a quickie snack or meal.

Convenience foods may offer some fantastic such as less time spent in the kitchen or planning meals, less preparation time, fewer leftovers and easy cleaning up.

Here let’s check on some of the advantages and disadvantages of convenience foods:

Advantages of Convenience foods:

  • Preparation time is reduced to a great extent.
  • No storing, buying or planning of ingredients.
  • Can hardly get any leftovers.
  • Could have a variety of items especially for inexperienced cooks.
  • Faster presentation and easy cleaning up.
  • Less spoilage and waste occur with packaged convenience foods.
  • Transportation of packaged foods is cheaper especially in concentrated form.
  • Cost efficient for mass production and distribution.
  • Ready to eat cereal and instant breakfast difficult to prepare at home because of its expensive product technology used in preparation.

Disadvantages of Convenience foods:

  • May be less meat, fish, or cheese than you would include in homemade versions.
  • Cooking time is sometimes increased for thawing or longer baking time.
  • Harder to control fat, salt and sugar levels.
  • Cost per serving may be higher than homemade.
  • Convenience foods are typically high in calories, fat, saturated fat, sugar, salt, and trans-fats.
  • They tend to lack freshness in fruits and vegetables.

Do look out for best options and enjoy cooking and eating healthy and hygienic homemade foods. Take care of your body and look for a healthier future ahead. Apart from developing healthy eating habits, you should also understand that working on any type of physical activity or regular exercising will keep you fit and strong.

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