FOOD – Which pizza to turn to in the fresh section of supermarkets? This is a question that torments many consumers after the Buitoni Fraich’UP pizza scandal, contaminated with Escherichia coli bacteria. In its special issue of May-June 2022 entitled “Eating healthy, good and cheap”, 60 million consumers enlightens us by comparing different brands of ham and cheese pizzas.
For each of the nine pizzas studied, the magazine noted the price, the Nutri-Score, the composition (number of ingredients, nitrites, fats, carbohydrates, salt), as well as the quantity of ham and cheese.
Result of the races, “with less sugar, salt and a low price, the Intermarché pizza stands out” from the Sodebo brand and other distributor brands, the magazine estimates. But, the authors point out: in supermarkets, “we are still far from Italy”.
Diphosphate, nitrites and added sugars
It is indeed the pizza marketed by Intermarché, under the private label Fiorini, which obtains the best rank. At 4.87 euros per kilo, it has the lowest number of ingredients (16) and the best rate of carbohydrates and salts. The magazine warns about the composition of the pizzas being compared. “The ham cheese pizzas studied contain a lot of added sugars and ingredients from industrial processes”, we can read.
Among the various references, pizzas from Auchan, Carrefour, E.Leclerc and Intermarché thus display diphosphate, “a stabilizing agent suspected of increasing the cardiovascular risk, especially in kidney failure”. The sugar level reached a record at Auchan with 4.4g/100g and the salt portions at Lidl, Sodebo and Picard rose to 1.7g/100g. All the pizzas studied also contain nitrites.
The good point? “On the fat side, 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 garnish side, the Sodebo and Picard brands, although the most expensive on the market, are the least supplied. “All the pizzas studied have around 40% ham and cheese, with the exception of Picard and Sodebo”, points out 60 million consumers.
The Picard brand pizza thus contains the lowest proportion 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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