New study found pre-packaged salads not so yummy
The other day I read about a new study by Stiftung Warentest that focussed on pre-packaged salads in German supermarkets. Scientists found too much bacteria and pesticides in them – even in the so-called organic salads that aren’t supposed to contain pesticides.
The reason for the high amount of bacteria results in the fact that salads just weren’t made for being pre-cut and put in plastic containers, as its natural protection from bacteria gets destroyed by this process. That leads to pre-packaged salads getting bad earlier and getting affected by bacteria more easily. The pesticides had nothing to do with that, they’re just an additional problem. Definitely not so yummy.
So there is a good reason why salads shouldn’t be pre-cut and put in plastic bags. What to do? Buying a head of lettuce instead of the pre-cut, pre-packaged version works as an easy peasy solution. And cutting the lettuce yourself shouldn’t take more time than a minute or two.
And there are more reasons why ditching pre-cut, pre-packaged salads is a good idea:
- It saves you money. A head of lettuce is normally less expensive than pre-packaged lettuce.
- And you save money again as you’re less likely to throw out your salad cause it got bad. If you keep it refrigerated, a head of lettuce lasts for quite a long time.
- You might also save waste, as (at least at markets, small veggie shops and organic stores) a head of lettuce often comes without packaging.
You can read about the study on Sueddeutsche.de. I found similar articles dealing with the topic on the websites of the British Daily Mail, The Telegraph and on the Canadian CTV news website. And I discovered an even more shocking story in the Sydney Morning Herald about a dead frog in a pre-packaged salad.