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Is Ready-Made Food Healthy?

My mom does not like to cook, so a lot of time she buys pre-made food. I don't know how or have time or money to cook my own meals. Can I still eat healthy by having ready-made food?
- George*

Yes, it is possible to eat healthy ready-made food. Ask your mom to follow these steps when buying store-bought meals or ordering from a restaurant:

How can you get all this information on your meal? If the food is packaged, read the box or bag it came in — especially the nutrition information label and the ingredients. Or, if the food comes from a restaurant, visit their website. More and more large restaurants are putting nutrition information online, including fat and calorie counts.

Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD
Date reviewed: October 2011

*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.

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