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Bagged salads are one of the fastest selling food products, ranging from sliced romaine lettuce to a variety of vegetables, from rocket to complete salad kits and Over the last decade, they have changed the way food is prepared with 83% of US households. They are regularly purchased according to the 2015 data. Consumers are intrigued by the convenience of packaged salads and leafy vegetables – including myself.
But how do lettuce and nutritious salad sets compare with a whole lettuce "Is it better to skip the bagged convenience of prewashed salads and chopped salads?" I found out as I checked the latest research and convenience against nutrients and safety considerations. (Related: The Complete Guide to Leafy Greens (In addition to spinach and kale)!)
Do slacked salads have less nutrients?
All produce slowly loses nutrients after harvesting, so it makes sense that prepackaged salads may lose even more (compared to a whole head harvested at the same time) due to the preparatory work and packaging that needs to be done before impacting the food racks.1
It appears that the loss of nutrients in packaged salads is comparable or possibly even lower than a whole salad stored at the same time. However, this depends on the type of green, the storage conditions and the consumption rate.
Are salad sets safe to eat?
The recent outbreaks of E. coli meant thousands of withdrawn salad bags. Some ask the safety of bag salads. The risk of contamination increases as more foods are treated, but even green plants can become contaminated when in contact with other leaves. (Related Topics: What's the Deal with All These Foods? A Food Safety Pro Lulls In)
However, when grown, harvested, and stored properly, the risk of greens containing bacteria that can make you ill is pretty low. It is also important to know that bacteria are present on all lettuces and greens – whole heads and packaged varieties – but by appropriate storage conditions the risk is minimized. Trevor Suslow, an expert on food safety, in an interview with NPR of the former University of California at Davis, suggested that "detectable impurities in both whole lettuce and mixed lettuce greens are very, very low".
and there is little evidence that bagged lettuce is more contaminated compared to whole heads.
Should you buy packaged salads?
Most of us still fail to meet daily vegetable recommendations, but the US is doing better than ever – especially when it comes to green consumption. In fact, the average person ate 22.1 kg of green leaves in 2014 – a massive leap from the 1.4 kg consumed in 1970. There is no doubt that bagged salads and vegetables have played a major role in making it easier and more convenient for consumers to access these products. These leafy vegetables and many food safety experts consider this increase in health more important than the potential risk of packaged salads.
With nutrient loss and bacterial risk comparable to what is the case for whole heads of lettuce and vegetables, most people are considering the benefits of increased vegetable consumption – thanks to the help of salad salads – over the potential risks. However, there are a few things that consumers can use to get more from packaged salads and minimize risks. Here are some tips:
- Keep all salad and salad greens at 35 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Keep sack greens as far away from the "expiration date" as possible.
- Try to eat within a few days of purchase. 19659017] Definitely cast when going beyond the "Use Date" or leaves look slimy
This story originally appeared on CookingLight.com by Carolyn Williams, Ph.D., RD