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How to buy dried fruit and nuts?

How to buy dried fruit and nuts?


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Delicacies are one of the more frequently chosen products just before Christmas. No wonder, on the holiday table they symbolize fertility, health and fertility. In addition, they are widely recommended as a healthy substitute for sweets. So, one would like to say: let's eat and don't worry about anything! However are you sure?

Recent media reports, about which below, make you wonder if putting the raisins or cranberries in the basket, we really bring home what we need, or rather products with a surprising composition, and even potentially dangerous? Don't dried fruit, which seem healthy and theoretically safe, too often put our sleep on guard?

Contaminated raisins

Today, hardly any products are completely safe. Every now and then the world circulates information about subsequent scandals regarding the quality of food sold. One talks about meat, then meats, cheeses, milk. It is time for dried fruit and nuts.

The Czech consumer magazine "dTest" has found that some raisins contain a very dangerous poison: ochratoxin A, which is to be found in products originating in Turkey and Argentina. Contaminated products are available in the Czech Republic. It was quickly concluded that they were also sold in Poland. Customers have recognized products from contaminated brands (available for example at Tesco or Lidl): Sultaninen Suntree and "Rozinky obří Nature park". It turns out that they can also threaten Poles. The aforementioned toxin, life-threatening, is resistant to baking and cooking, hence it cannot be removed. Packaging of contaminated raisins is useless. More on this topic.

What's hidden in dried fruit and nuts?

It's worth doing shopping consciously. Although it's time consuming, it's good to spend a few moments studying labels. Even if we do shopping with children and we are usually in a hurry, these few moments devoted to analyzing the product of a given manufacturer really pays off. It is an investment in our health.

How to buy dried fruit and nuts?

What should we pay attention to?

Certainly the universal rule also works here: the simpler, the shorter the composition, the better. The more foreign-sounding ingredients, the worse.

Preservatives remove the beautiful aroma from dried fruit and may be dangerous especially for sensitive children.

We should beware of the ingredients listed below.

E220 preservative

This component has different names:

  • E220 or E-220
  • preservative E220
  • Sulphur dioxide
  • sulfates (sulphites)
  • preserved with sulfur
  • sulphurous acid anhydride.

It is worth looking for non-sulfated product among dried fruit and nuts. Usually, producers prominently display such information. Sulphates can cause nausea, headaches, are especially bad for people with asthma who can cause breathing problems. In addition, long-term intake of sulfur dioxide reduces the body's resistance.

E 202

E202, potassium sorbate, is another potentially hazardous ingredient. May cause allergic problems, asthma, skin irritation.

Glucose-fructose syrup

Although this ingredient is unfortunately very widely used (we can find it in baby juices, syrups, even flavored "water", jams, etc.), it is better to avoid it. Although it is approved for use, it has long been proven to be responsible for the so-called addictive effect - forcing us and our children to "sweet food".

Glucose-fructose syrup is responsible for the obesity plague, increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, increases the likelihood of intestinal problems (so-called irritable bowels). These are just examples of the possible effects of consuming glucose-fructose syrup.

How to buy dried fruit and nuts?

  • the shorter the composition, the better
  • let's choose dried fruit and nuts in a transparent package, which we can see as well as possible, so that after arriving home after opening we do not look into the eyes of small creatures,
  • the best delicacies, with a short shelf life, should be stored in a cool place, preferably in cold stores,
  • Delicacies and preservatives can be stored in all conditions, also at higher temperatures,
  • dried fruit and nuts at home should be stored in tightly closed glass jars in the refrigerator,
  • nuts are best bought in shell. If we buy them without shells, let's check their appearance: fresh nuts are slightly moist and shiny,
  • almonds - let's avoid those pasteurized with chemicals - products from Spain or Italy perform best on the market,
  • it is worth reviewing the offer of so-called "healthy food", good quality delicacies at a good price can be found in the Rossmann network.
  • don't let the appearance fool us: beautiful dried apricots are often less beneficial than dark, but sweet, truly dried fruit.

Delicacies in the child's diet

Delicacies are a valuable product in a child's diet. They allow you to introduce sweet snacks to your toddler's menu that have the chance to limit the consumption of sweets. Delicacies have many advantages: they are a valuable source of vitamins, microelements and proteins, and nuts: unsaturated fatty acids.

Unfortunately, dried fruit and nuts, often nuts. Therefore, they should be introduced with caution into the diet, especially for children at risk of allergies.

Rozinky obří Nature park ”Read more at //biznes.interia.pl/ consciousosci/news/skazone-rodzynki-nie-kupuj-pod-zadnym-pozorem,1971790,4199?utm_source=paste&utm_medium=paste&utm_campaign=firefox

Rozinky obří Nature park ”Read more at //biznes.interia.pl/ consciousosci/news/skazone-rodzynki-nie-kupuj-pod-zadnym-pozorem,1971790,4199?utm_source=paste&utm_medium=paste&utm_campaign=firefox may threaten the health of Poles. However, tests commissioned by Lidl are intended to exclude any danger.

Ochratoxin A, which is contaminated with raisins originating in Turkey and Argentina. These products are still on the Czech market, although the local press widely informs about the problem. Read more at //biznes.interia.pl/ consciousosci/news/skazone-rodzynki-nie-kupuj-pod-zadnym-pozorem,1971790,4199?utm_source = & utm_medium = paste paste & utm_campaign = firefox

Ochratoxin A, which is contaminated with raisins originating in Turkey and Argentina. These products are still on the Czech market, although the local press widely informs about the problem. Read more at //biznes.interia.pl/ consciousosci/news/skazone-rodzynki-nie-kupuj-pod-zadnym-pozorem,1971790,4199?utm_source = & utm_medium = paste paste & utm_campaign = firefox

chratoxin A, which is contaminated with raisins originating in Turkey and Argentina firefox

Ochratoxin A, which is contaminated with raisins from Turkey and Argentina. Read more at //biznes.interia.pl/ consciousosci/news/skazone-rodzynki-nie-kupuj-pod-zadnym-pozorem,1971790,4199?utm_source=paste&utm_medium=paste&utm_campaign= fire