FOOD – Which pizza to go to in the fresh department of supermarkets? This is a question that plagues many consumers after the Buitoni’s Fraich’UP pizza scandalcontaminated with bacteria Escherichia coli. In the special issue of May-June 2022 entitled “Eat healthy, good and cheap”, 60 million consumers enlightens us by comparing different brands of ham and cheese pizzas.
For each of the nine Pizza studied, the magazine noted the price, the Nutri-Score, the composition (number of ingredients, nitrites, fats, carbohydrates, salt), as well as the amount of ham and cheese.
Result of the competitions, “with less sugar, salt and a low price, the Intermarché pizza stands out” of the Sodebo brand and the others distributor brandssays the magazine. But, the authors underline: in supermarkets “we are still a long way from Italy”.
Diphosphate, nitrites and added sugars
It is in fact the pizza marketed by Intermarché, under the Fiorini private label, to obtain the best ranking. At € 4.87 per kilo, it has the fewest ingredients (16) and the best percentage of carbohydrates and salts. The magazine warns about the composition of the pizzas in comparison. “The ham and cheese pizzas studied contain many added sugars and ingredients from industrial processes”, it says.
Among the various references, the pizzas of Auchan, Carrefour, E.Leclerc and Intermarché therefore present diphosphate, “a stabilizing agent suspected of increasing cardiovascular risk, particularly in patients with renal insufficiency”. The sugar level hit a record in Auchan with 4.4g / 100g and portions of salt in Lidl, Sodebo and Picard rose to 1.7g / 100g. They also contain all the pizzas studied nitrites.
The positive point? “For the fat part, the references studied present reasonable quantities compared to other families of industrial products (cordons bleus or knacks)”, note the authors.
Picard, the least generous pizza
On the seal side, the Sodebo and Picard brands, although the most expensive on the market, are the least supplied. “All the pizzas studied have about 40% ham and the cheesewith the exception of Picard and Sodebo, ”he points out 60 million consumers.
Picard brand pizza therefore contains the lowest percentage of ham with 12.4%. The Sodebo brand gives no indication of the ham and cheese content of its pizzas. Finally, Auchan and Casino are the only ones to indicate a ham of French origin.
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