Ecotest guide: This is how consumers recognize rotten fruit salad

Ecotest guide: This is how consumers recognize rotten fruit salad

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If you like finished fruit salad, you should take a good look at the selection. Because, according to a current study by the magazine "Öko-Test", these are "partially scruffy". With a simple trick, consumers can easily tell whether the product is fresh or not.

"Fruit salad to go" is the trend
Whether for the way to work, the lunch break in the office or just in between: ready-made fruit salads are delicious, practical and promise a quick vitamin kick. But the “fruit salad to go” from the supermarket or from the fresh food stand at the train station is obviously not always as healthy as it looks. This is shown by a current study by the ÖKO-TEST magazine. Accordingly, many ready-made fruit salads are not recommended, because the processed fruit
"Contains fewer vitamins, is partially scruffy and three times more expensive than homemade fruit salad," according to a recent magazine report.

At least seven fruit mixes are recommended
The magazine had examined twelve fruit salads from supermarkets, coffeehouse chains and stalls at train stations and had three batches examined in the laboratory. After all, seven of the fruit salads tested were rated as "recommended", whereby the "Fresh for You Colorful Fruit Mix" from Real, "Havita Tutti Frutti" from Karstadt and the "Rewe Exotic Fruit Salad" achieved particularly good results. Kaiser’s Fig Salad and Coffee Fellows Refreshing Area, however, took the last places. Here, one of the three sensor-tested batches was so spoiled that the experts did not even want to try it, according to the Öko-Test report. Only the Real fruit mix in any of the three batches examined did not exceed one of the guidelines of the German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology (DGHM), which is available for yeasts, molds and enterobacteria, among others.

The experts also had the content of vitamin C measured, because as soon as the fruit is cut open, it immediately loses vitamins. It was found that many samples were no longer fresh, the message went on. "Cutting the fruit inside is no longer protected from air and light," the ecotrophologist Silke Restemeyer of the German Nutrition Society quoted in the magazine's report. The reaction with atmospheric oxygen (oxidation), elevated temperatures and long storage favor the breakdown of vitamins, according to Restemeyer. If the fruit were not stored correctly, the vitamin C content could be almost 100 percent lost.

Bubbles in the liquid indicate spoilage
According to the Öko-Test, manufacturers would often guarantee a four-day shelf life, but especially if the cold chain is broken, unwanted germs can multiply indefinitely. The experts recommend that consumers should therefore keep their hands off uncooled fruit salads. Another simple trick is to check the liquid at the bottom of the cup, because a lot has accumulated here, the product is older. Bubbles in the liquid would even indicate that it was starting to spoil. This happens particularly quickly with fruits with a low acidity, e.g. Melons that were present in almost each of the cups examined. To be sure, the fruit salad should therefore be prepared yourself, the magazine advises. This is not only fresher and healthier, but also considerably cheaper, because a finished cup usually costs twice or even three times as much. (No)

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