Bagged salads – the disgusting truth

March 21, 2016 0 Comments

Disgusting facts about bagged salads

While they may score high in the convenience category, bagged salads are at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to the healthy eating category.  With many companies washing and even triple washing produce before it’s packaged and touted as ready-to-serve, are they actually doing more harm than good? We’ve researched the disgusting truth about bagged salads – buyer beware!  What you are really serving is an unhealthy dose of chlorine and tap water – YUK! In an article in DailyMail, writer Lucy Osborne exposes the dangers of bagged salad, stating that,  “Before reaching your plate, they may have been put in tanks of eight-hour-old tap water with unhealthy levels of chlorine”. Click here to read complete article.

If that’s not enough to make you cringe, Melissa Breyer reports in tree hugger, that, “Lettuce, spinach, kale and collard greens all score in the top 16 for chemical load in EWG’sannual ranking of pesticide residues.”  That’s the top 16 folks that’s ridiculously high!  She further reports that, “Conventional greens will likely have equal pesticide loads regardless if they’re pre-packaged or not, but there are other chemicals to consider …the commercial-scale washing with chlorinated water (“a solution of a greater concentration than the local swimming pool,” notes The Independent) that packaged greens endure…may be something to ponder.”

Most companies triple-wash bagged salads

Triple-Washed bagged salads increase food borne illnesses

If you’re still not convinced that triple-washed bagged produce is still ok to eat, then consider Breyer’s additional findings, “A study from the University of California, Riverside found that because of the nooks and crannies in triple-washed baby spinach leaves, upwards of 90 percent of adhered bacteria were observed to remain attached to and survive on the leaf surface. As a result, they say, the leaves travel through the processing facility after being rinsed and the bacteria may continue to live, grow, spread, and contaminate other leaves and surfaces within the site.” The study reported that the surface of the spinach leaves formed micro-environments that reduced the bleach concentration so rather than disinfect and clean the leaves to prevent contamination the process was doing more damage than good, in fact it was actually providing a means to increase food borne outbreaks.  This is just some of the disgusting truth about bagged salads – what’s really lurking in that bag?

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