In yet another food fraud, they caught diet bread manufacturers who lied in the labels, according to research by the "Active Consumers" association.
12 brands of diet bread were analyzed in a specialized laboratory in Varna. It was found that the wrong values of calories, fiber, s alt and sugar are indicated on the label. The numbers do not correspond to the actual content of the products, being much lower. There is almost no difference between "white" and "black" bread, including type, rye, whole grain, etc.
Diet breads are consumed by people who want to eat he althily, but also by people with serious illnesses, for whom the composition and exact calories of food are extremely important.
According to the results of the research, it is clear that the content of diet breads was just a myth. It was significantly inflated on the label compared to its actual content and compared to European standards. In the analyzed products, the average amount of fiber is 1.02 g per 100 g of bread, while in a similar test conducted in the Netherlands, the ratio was found to be 5.1:100 g, i.e. nearly five times higher.
The Bulgarian bread with the highest fiber content found contains 3.18% fiber, which is much less than what is declared on the label.
Laboratory analyzes have also reported a high content of residual ash in the products, which according to experts can be explained by the use of a lot of s alt and other additives (for example coffee grounds) which usually aim to improve the aesthetic appearance of the bread.
As a crime, we can define the fact that the highest sugar content in the test was found in bread labeled " for diabetics".
The amount of s alt is not written on the labels because the manufacturers are not obliged, although it is one of the most important ingredients in diet breads. A person should not consume more than 6 g of s alt per day.
Tests by consumer organizations in Europe show that the amount of s alt in bread in the respective countries has been significantly reduced in recent years as a result of their persistent campaigns.
A large number of manufacturers write on their labels that their companies are ISO certified - e.g. 9001:2000. "Active users" emphasize that this is not a certification of product quality, but of the production process and internal company organization.
According to the experts, placing such inscriptions is not allowed even by the standard itself, because it creates a misleading impression on users.
Last year, the Ministry of Agriculture and Food made an appeal to grain producers to knead bread from wheat, and not from fodder with the addition of improvers, which makes the producer's bread much cheaper.
Coinciding with the talks about the coming week's increase in the price of bread, the revelation that we are also being lied to about its quality worries us even more. Also, why did an association and not the ministry have to do this check? Maybe they will make a "Stara planina" standard for the bread as well, except for the meat, cheese and yellow cheese. And when I think about it, the bag is full of what not, so maybe Minister Naydenov should intervene there as well.
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