December 7, 2022


The Food Universe

Organic food in France not always ‘better quality’ study finds

Not all natural and organic food is of ‘better quality’ than its non-organic and natural equivalents, a examine by a primary French shopper group has found.

The shopper journal 60 Hundreds of thousands de Consommateurs as opposed 13 organic food items products with their closest non-natural and organic equivalents of the same manufacturer. It located that nine ended up of far better good quality, but in the other 4 instances the non-natural and organic versions had been of increased high quality. 

The study analysed the food items based on their mentioned contents.

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Exactly where the non-organic and natural meals received out, it was due to the fact they contained a greater quantity of the major component. For case in point: 

  • A loaf of non-natural and organic sliced wholemeal bread from the manufacturer Jacquet contained 63% wholemeal flour, versus just 19% in a similar natural and organic loaf by the brand Jacquet Bio.
  • A non-organic and natural product of vegetable soup from Knorr contained 51.3% greens and 46.5% drinking water, in comparison to 40% veggies and 55% h2o for the natural and organic equivalent. The non-natural and organic version also contained a bit far more fibre, and less saturated body fat.

Sophie Coisne, scientific journalist and coordinator of the collection, stated: “That was a large shock, for two soups that are about the very same value.” 

The nine organic foods that gained on high quality also mostly did so for the identical reason – a much larger amount of the major component. 

  • Natural chocolate from Carrefour Bio contained 23% dim chocolate and less additives than the equal non-organic variation, which contained 5.5% dark chocolate.

Ms Coisne said: “[In the organic mousse] you will come across chocolate, then egg, then sugar, then butter. So, a serious chocolate mousse. But in the non-organic mousse of the exact same model [Carrefour], the first component is milk. The second is cream. And then emulsifiers.”

The comparison of the two varieties of items also demonstrates “other more subtle tricks”, which are primarily notable amid pasta, crammed ravioli, lasagne, and pizza.

Ms Coisne defined: “[Non-organic ones] have considerably less filling and toppings [because] these are models that are hoping to strongly limit their prices. And what is expensive in an natural and organic pizza? The toppings.”

Studies demonstrate that 73% of individuals in France consume at least 1 organic and natural products for each thirty day period, and 13% do so each day.

In France, there are two ‘official’ organic logos: AB, and Eurofeuille.

The two demonstrate that the product or service has not been handled with artificial pesticides, nor contains any genetically modified product.

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