To analyze the ingredients, 60 million consumers combed through several bags of frozen fries. And surprise, some harbor unexpected substances.
To make fries, nothing is easier, potatoes and oil will do. So why is the ingredient list on some bags of frozen fries five times as long? 60 million consumers tried to answer this question.
A total of nine packages were viewed: one from a major brand (McCain) and eight from well-known private labels (Aldi, Auchan, Carrefour, Casino, E.Leclerc, Intermarché, Lidl and Picard). And against all odds, Lidl’s “Harvest Basket” oven fries impress with their simplicity with just two ingredients. Just behind, we find Picard’s “classic fries” with three ingredients.
Conversely, for other marks, it is forfeiture. Many ingredients like wheat or rice flour were added to the original recipe. Several ultra-transformation markers are also present, such as dextrose, dextrin, modified starch and pea fiber. Most preparations have more than 10 ingredients. As for Auchan, it wins the fool’s cap with 14 ingredients.
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Watch out for sugar and salt
And among these ingredients there are also problematic additives such as diphosphates (E450), which can be found in McCain fries, for example. They are used as texturizing agents in order to obtain a more stable, homogeneous and probably more attractive product for the consumer. Only here: They would not be harmless and could play a role in the development of cardiovascular diseases.
Another element pointed out by 60 million consumers: salt. Depending on the brand, the sodium content ranges from 1x to… 4x. Added sugar is in almost all fries except those from Lidl. An alarming observation, since it can be the cause of diseases such as diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, but also fatty liver.
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