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Consumer advocates warn of calorie bombs through instant dressing
Especially in high summer temperatures, many people particularly like to eat salad. Because it tastes fresh and offers a healthy alternative to pasta, pizza and Co. When dressing, consumers often choose ready-made products that suggest a light and low-calorie indulgence through inscriptions such as "with yoghurt". But instead, the marinades can make the salad a real calorie bomb.
“Yogurt” makes consumers think of light enjoyment
Whether a salad with delicious tuna, spicy sheep's cheese or fresh tomatoes and cucumbers: Without the right dressing, the light summer dish tastes only half as good. There are a large number of ready-made dressings on the market, which can be quickly and easily poured over the green leaves and consumed immediately. Inscriptions such as “with light yoghurt” or “fresh yoghurt” suggest a low-calorie variant. But apparently consumers are often fooled here. Because the "light promise" can rarely be kept with finished products, report the consumer advocates of the Chamber of Labor (AK) Upper Austria.
Testers evaluate ingredients and nutritional information from eight products
The experts randomly selected eight commercially available yogurt dressings from various manufacturers and evaluated them on the basis of the declared ingredients and nutritional information. The test products included the "Block House Salad Dressing Yogurt" from Pro Kaufland (€ 0.80), the "Drei Spatzen Organic Yogurt Dressing" from Denn's (€ 1.16) and the "Kuehne Yogurt Salad Dressing" from Eurospar for 56 cents per 100ml.
"The overall result is not exhilarating," according to the Chamber of Labor. Because although the names suggest otherwise, all test products consisted largely of water and only a maximum of 30 percent yogurt. To achieve the desired sauce consistency, thickeners would be added. A circumstance that caused the testers to ask themselves whether a price of up to 11.60 euros per liter was still appropriate.
Leader contains 237 calories and 21 grams of fat
The supposedly "light enjoyment" could not convince either. Instead, the instant dressings contained at least twice or even three times three times as many calories as in a homemade salad dressing. The “Spak Yoghurt Dressing” from Merkur (EUR 0.85) peaked here with 237 kilocalories and 21 grams of fat per 100 milliliters. The "lightest" product in the test turned out to be the "Spar Yogurt Dressing" (€ 0.24), which still contained 11 grams of fat per 100 ml.
According to the testers, the salt content was also relatively high at 0.9 to 2.2 grams per 100 ml, precisely because, according to current recommendations, adults should ingest a maximum of 6 grams of table salt daily. "Health-conscious nutrition looks different," concluded the Chamber of Labor. Accordingly, you should always pay close attention to the nutritional table when shopping, so as not to accidentally fall into the calorie and fat trap.
Better to prepare the dressing yourself
The best solution is, of course, a homemade dressing that can be made quickly and easily with just a few ingredients. It is recommended here e.g. a recipe for which 150 grams of yoghurt are mixed with a tablespoon of sour cream or cream, lemon juice and chopped garlic or shallots. Then half a bunch of fresh herbs (or frozen herbs) is added and seasoned with salt and pepper. A really easy pleasure, because according to the AK, this dressing would only have about 70 calories and 5 grams of fat per 100 milliliters. (No)