Juice bars with surprisingly good quality

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Juice bars convince in the test, freshly squeezed juices better than expected

The Stiftung Warentest tested the quality and hygiene of juice bars and came to a surprisingly positive result. The Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety previously assumed that "the microbiological quality of openly offered, freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices from juice bars is not the best", the Stiftung Warentest announced.

Especially in high temperatures and sunshine, the juice bars are currently extremely popular. The refreshing vitamin boost for the day from oranges, carrots or exotic fruits is - not least because of the expected positive effects on health - very much in vogue. However, the experts from the Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety suspected possible health risks from excessive germ contamination. The Stiftung Warentest therefore checked the freshly squeezed orange juice in 13 juice bars in Berlin and a juice bar in Potsdam. The testers rated the bacterial load as "poor" only at a juice bar. However, all samples contained pesticide residues, which according to Stiftung Warentest should not pose a health risk.

Germ contamination only inadequate in a juice bar The testers report that their hygiene check in the 14 juice bars examined was better than expected and "the result for the whole Juices to go speak. ”With regard to the bacterial load, seven juice bars were rated“ good ”or“ very good ”, five“ satisfactory ”, one“ sufficient ”and one“ poor ”. According to Stiftung Warentest, the "defective" juice sample contained a much too high total number of germs and the number of acetic and lactic acid bacteria and yeasts was too high. These are indications that "the juice was almost spoiled," according to the testers' evaluation. Otherwise, there were no serious shortcomings in terms of hygiene in the freshly squeezed juices.

Pesticide residues in freshly squeezed juices On the other hand, the pesticide residues found in all freshly squeezed juices appear to be of concern, even if the Stiftung Warentest reports that they pose no health risk. According to Stiftung Warentest, the pesticides get into the juices, because "unlike juice factories, juice bars in this country do not use freshly picked fruit, but table fruit", which is protected from pests and mold after transport for transport with so-called surface treatment agents. These pesticides can get into the juice from the skin when pressed. Although the pesticides are not a health risk, "juice bars should take the pesticides seriously and take countermeasures, such as washing the fruit with warm water before pressing or using untreated oranges or organic fruits," explained the Stiftung Warentest.

High vitamin C content of freshly squeezed orange juices Overall, the rating of freshly squeezed juices is quite convincing. According to the testers, the freshly squeezed orange juice is supported by “the mostly good marks in smell and taste”, as well as the high content of vitamin C. In any case, orange juice contains a lot of vitamin C and even a glass of pasteurized juice “covers an average of 70 milligrams per 0.2 liters the daily requirement to two thirds. “According to Stiftung Warentest, the vitamin C content of freshly squeezed juices is often a third higher. The juice bars are therefore an ideal opportunity for those in a hurry at the train station and in the shopping center. (fp)

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