“Almost half of vegetables in a pot or tin gesuikerd’

“Almost half of vegetables in a pot or tin gesuikerd’

Nearly half (46 percent) of the vegetables in a pot or tin is added sugar, according to a Wednesday published survey of voedselwaakhond foodwatch.

The organisation explored the range of groenteconserven of the four largest supermarkets, Albert Heijn, Jumbo, Lidl and Aldi. It appears that, at 79 of the 170 cans and jars of vegetables, the sugars were added. That also applies to organic vegetables.

Added sugars were found in peas, carrots, corn, red cabbage, beets, asparagus, brussels sprouts, broad beans and marrowfat peas. The sugar content was highest in red cabbage, up to 10 grams of sugar per 100 grams contains.

“Because the industry everywhere sugars to add, consumers have many sugars inside, and a one-sided taste preference for sweet,” says a spokesperson of foodwatch.


The reason why the food industry sugars add to vegetables is, according to foodwatch to make them better. For the preservation of the food, this is not necessary.

The excess of sugars leads to several health problems like obesity, heart and vaatzieken and type 2 diabetes. According to foodwatch, faces almost half (43 percent) of all Dutch people with overweight. One in eight is even obese.

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