How to choose the right jam? Tips from a nutrition expert

How to choose the right jam?  Tips from a nutrition expert

Do you like jam but don’t know how to choose a quality product? TipsForWomens interviewed Alexandra Murcier, dietitian nutritionist, who gives us her secrets for buying the best jam.

With whole or mixed fruits, with or without added sugars… Choosing your jam can be a more complicated experience than expected. Especially since the supermarket shelves are full of products, it is therefore difficult to choose the right one. To help you, TipsForWomens interviewed Alexandra Murcier, dietician-nutritionist. She reveals her tips for choosing the best jam.

How to choose the right jam?

Jam meets a very precise definition: it is a preparation which must respect certain rules, in particular a total of 55% sugar, whether fruit sugar or added sugar. To ensure you choose a good product, Alexandra Murcier does not recommend a particular location. “You can buy your jam in a supermarket, make it yourself or buy it from producers.” she explains.

If you want to prepare your jams at home, it is important to correctly carry out the step of sterilizing the jars: “If these are not sterilized correctly, we may be exposed to bacteriological contamination. warns the expert.

Read the labels carefully for products in the supermarket

If you buy your jam from a small producer or make them, it will not be difficult to know the list of ingredients, which usually consists of fruit, sugar and a little lemon juice in some preparations .

In the supermarket, on the other hand, the task will be more difficult. “You must read the labels carefully, as always, and choose the product containing the fewest elements apart from fruit and sugar. note l’expert. “IIdeally, you should choose those that contain as few additives as possible and also those that do not contain sweeteners.. Also to be banned: glucose-fructose syrup. “The advantage of making them yourself is that you can reduce their sugar content a little. adds the expert.

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Pay attention to the quantity of fruits as well as their origin

Finally, when you read the label, pay attention to the origin of the fruits and the quantity present in the preparation. If you do the preparation yourself, “choose good quality fruits that are not too ripe, in order to have maximum pectin, which serves as a gelling agent“advises the expert.”It’s better to choose organic fruits, to have as few pesticides as possible, and wash them well before starting.”

Between two equivalent jams, choose the one containing the most fruit and French fruit, if possible. Also favor pieces of fruit over the pulp. The bright color of the fruit is also a good indicator of the controlled cooking of the product.

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