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Stiftung Warentest: Every third apple spritzer scored poor results

Stiftung Warentest: Every third apple spritzer scored poor results


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Stiftung Warentest rates apple spritzers: only one is good

The Stiftung Warentest examined 24 apple spritzers and rated almost every third of them as defective. Among other things, criticism is made of the fact that juice from tainted apples has been used, that the products have been processed improperly and have too little flavor. Only a discounter's spritzer was the only one that was found to be good.

Popular thirst quencher

Apple spritzer is one of the most popular thirst quenchers among Germans. However, they are not as healthy as is often assumed. After all, pure apple juice contains as much sugar as cola. German researchers even found that the sugar from just one glass of apple spritzer can have a negative effect on the oral flora. In addition, many products are also not recommended for qualitative reasons, as a recent test shows.

One of the cheapest products is the test winner

When people are thirsty, Germans like to use apple spritzers. Especially practical - especially for on the go - is ready-mixed.

The Stiftung Warentest has now examined 24 ready-made spritzers, including Lift, Gerolsteiner and Adelholzener.

Only one thing makes a good overall judgment: the spritzer with apple juice from concentrate is one of the cheapest in the test at 39 cents per liter and is sold at a discounter.

Seven products were rated "poor", seven others were rated "sufficient".

The exact test results can be activated on the Stiftung Warentest website for a fee.

Juice content is at least 50 percent

Apple juice spritzer is a mix of apple juice and sparkling water. As the Stiftung Warentest explains, the apple juice content is at least 50 percent, in the test it is often 60 percent.

Some products, especially organic apple spritzers, contain direct juice. But most are made with apple juice from apple juice concentrate.

The producers are not allowed to add sugar.

24 apple spritzers tested

Well-known brands such as Lift, Sinalco and Rhön Sprudel, trade and discounter brands from Aldi, Lidl and Rewe as well as organic choruses from Proviant, Fritz-spritz or Voelkel were among the 24 apple spritzers rated.

According to the testers, 15 products contain apple juice from concentrate, seven products exclusively from direct juice and two contain a mixture of apple juice and concentrate juice.

The spritzers were tasted and examined for foreign sugar, undesirable substances, pathogens and spoilage germs. In addition, the aroma content and chemical quality were checked and the labeling was assessed.

Juice from spoiled apples and unclean processing

Almost all ready-made spritzers offer cause for criticism. 14 out of the 24 drinks tested scored poorly or adequately.

The reason for the bad result: The analyzes indicate that most manufacturers do not process good juice qualities.

In some spritzers, for example, the concentrate used was not correctly diluted back into juice - there is no apple aroma. Sometimes the aroma content is low, although according to the list of ingredients the spritzers are spiced up with a natural apple aroma.

In addition, the tester disturbed the dirty processing.

In some spritzers that contain only direct juice, metabolites of microorganisms such as yeasts have been found that are not found in such quantities in perfect apples and cleanly produced juice.

In two products the levels were so high that only spoiled apples or improper processing can be the cause.

Average taste with a flat apple note

Two apple juice spritzers - both with an organic seal - convinced the testers during the tasting: They taste aromatic, complex, strong like ripe apple and fruity sour.

However, many products in the test offer an average, unified taste with a flat apple note.

Two organic choruses contain a comparatively large amount of methanol. Such amounts are formed, for example, when manufacturers treat the apples heavily with enzymes in order to increase the juice yield.

While this is allowed, the methanol levels do not suggest good manufacturing practice. However, there is no fear of a health risk.

Bioschorle achieved the top grade in taste

Only a spritzer creates a good overall judgment: Wiesgart from Aldi Nord is one of the cheapest in the test at 39 cents per liter.

The naturally cloudy organic chorus provisions made from direct juice for three euros per liter achieved the best rating in taste.

However, a confusing label was criticized for this product, so that in the end it was only enough for a "satisfactory".

Sugar is not added to any product

Despite all the criticism, there are also good news: pollutants and germs do not spoil the enjoyment. Sugar is not added to any product.

However, the ready spritzers naturally bring a lot of sugar with them. Half a liter contains an average of 28 grams of sugar - the equivalent of about nine sugar cubes.

As a thirst quencher in everyday life, they are therefore only good every now and then.

Alternative thirst quencher

Pure water, on the other hand, is an excellent thirst quencher.

Or you can mix your spritzer yourself. Experts recommend good apple juice, which has no more than 45 calories per 100 milliliters, to be mixed with water in a ratio of 1: 3.

"This gives you a good isotonic liquid," explains nutritionist Monika Bischoff from the Center for Nutritional Medicine and Prevention in Munich in a message from the dpa news agency.

“Their particles have the same composition as blood plasma and are quickly absorbed by the body,” says the scientist, who has another tip for an alternative thirst quencher:

"Non-alcoholic wheat beer is also isotonic, has even fewer calories than apples and therefore more B vitamins."

However, other experts plead for spritzers instead of alcohol-free beer, especially during sporting activities.

Because during physical activity, sugar is more likely to be consumed and sodium is excreted by sweating.

"But that's not so much in beer, the nutrients it contains are less suitable," said nutrition expert Jens Luther, specialist consultant at the Saxony Consumer Agency, in an older dpa report. (ad)

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