Are green salads in the bag good for your health?

Are green salads in the bag good for your health?

Lettuce, batavia, lamb lettuce, arugula … More than half of salad lovers buy them in bags. Quick and practical, do these ready-made salads have the same nutritional qualities as fresh salads?

Flavie Flament says it quite clearly in Here we are on RTL, when she eats a salad bought in a bag, she feels like “eating a salad with chemicals”. “We should not exaggerate, but they really are treated with chlorinated water in small quantities, so normally there is almost nothing left there is no chlorine residue in the salad “, explains Patricia Chairopoulos, journalist in 60 million consumers,

“With it (chlorinated water, editor’s note) microorganisms are well washed, so from a health point of view there is no problem (…) and from a nutritional point of view it’s not that bad. Scientists have confirmed: globally vitamins for example B9, K and fiber are stored. The only small problemit is vitamin C which is extremely fragile and since there are many stages of preparation, cutting, washing, it can be destroyed during the production process “, adds Patricia Chairopoulos.

Should we wash the lettuces sold in bags?

If you hesitate to wash your salad in the bag, here’s how to help. “To ready salads, have already been washed and stored in refrigerated cabinets. So normally you do not need to wash them. Then it can be not bad to rinse them to remove any chlorine residue “, explains Patricia Chairopoulos.” Nothing is lost by washing them a bit more”, summarizes the journalist i 60 million consumers.
“In general, two thirds of them (salads sold in bags, the editor’s note) are grown in France, except in winter (…) they come more from Italy or Spain, except for lamb lettuce which is winter salad. “It’s a good thing because the origin (of salads, the editor’s note) is not necessarily marked on the packaging,” she said. These are “of salads i zotiwith specifics and that obviously not undamaged “ continues Patricia Chairopoulos.

How long can they be kept?

You can keep these salads in bags “8 days” after your purchase and after you have open the bag, keep one or two days in the refrigerator “at 4 ideal degrees”. “Above all, you should not eat them if you see them a coffee juice at the bottom of the bags, “is that there may be microorganisms that have developed,” warns Patricia Chairopoulos.
The salads sold in bags are “extremely practical, but there is a price and it is less than twice as expensive, or even more than a fresh salad. ”The advantage of buying a salad in the bag is“ practical, quick and makes a vegetable prepared quickly, quickly, ”admits Patricia Chairopoulos.

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