Is bagged salad bad for your health & the environment?

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The truth about bagged salad waste & why we should all rethink the humble iceberg...

Dead bird found in bag of salad
Tesco have revealed the shocking truth about how much food the supermarket giant wastes – including a whopping 68 per cent of salad sold in bags.

In the mind blowing stats, the supermarket chain revealed it threw away 30,000 tonnes of food in the first six months of this year alone.

The salad bags were one of the biggest culprits ending up in the bin, but of the 68% of bags of lettuce thrown away, 35% were binned by customers themselves. Probably because they got home, opened the bags and realised that in the short journey the entire contents had turned to pulp.

So is it time we turned back to good old fashion iceberg?

Here's some reasons to give a head of lettuce another chance:


1. Bagged lettuce isn't as healthy


Health experts warn that bagged salads are not as good for us as they sit in the bags longer and many of the health benefits and antioxidants of the leaves are lost in packaging.

When salad is bagged in a technique called modified atmosphere packaging, scientists have found levels of vitamins, particularly vitamin C are depleted.

2. It creates water waste


Not only does a lot of bagged salad end up in the bin, but it is more costly on the environment to produce in the first place. Ever since the bagged Spinach E.coli scare in 2006 (where 205 became sick and 3 died in America) – many companies triple wash their bagged salad, resulting in a mass of water waste.

3. All that washing doesn't make is safe


Last month alone in America, 400 people got sick as a result of parasite cyclospora being found in bags of salad. And then of course there's always the dead baby birds which turn up in the UK ones every so often.

TOP TIP:
If you do buy bagged salad – take it out of the pack when you get home and put in a bowl lined with kitchen paper to absorb the moisture. Will keep it fresher for much longer.

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