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Eco test: mineral oil in cocoa powder from Nestlé
Beverage powders containing cocoa are particularly popular with children. However, they usually contain a lot of sugar. But not only that: problematic mineral oil residues can also be found in some products. Experts commissioned by “Öko-Test” have now found a great deal in the cocoa Nestlé Nesquik.
Mineral oil in food
In recent years there have been reports of mineral oil found in food. Mineral oil residues have been found in many cereals, in various types of tuna and in meat substitutes. Sweets, such as Ferrero's children's bars, chocolate Easter bunnies and numerous Advent calendars, are also often affected. And there is often a lot of the dangerous substance in cocoa powder, as a recent study by the consumer magazine "Öko-Test" shows.
Infants should rarely drink cocoa
For many children, a glass of cocoa is part of breakfast.
However, experts advise moderate consumption, since cocoa powder consists almost entirely of sugar - usually 80 percent. Small children in particular should therefore rarely drink cocoa.
The consumer magazine "Öko-Test" has now taken a closer look at 13 cocoa-containing beverage powders for children.
As the experts write on their website, the Nestlé Nesquik cocoa, which is popular with children, completely failed in the test.
Mainly because it is heavily contaminated with mineral oil residues.
Nestlé Nesquik comes in last with "insufficient"
According to the information, funny pictures and bright colors clearly indicate that the target group is children for all tested products.
“Öko-Test” wanted to know how much cocoa is really in the powder - and how much sugar? In addition, the powders were examined for mineral oil, cadmium, undesirable germ contamination and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.
The test results, which can be called up for a fee, show that only one cocoa in the test with "very good" is recommended.
After all, seven products score “good”, the other cocoa powders are somewhere in the middle. Nestlé Nesquik, however, comes in last place with "insufficient".
The well-known branded product received the most devaluations overall. The reasons: a greatly increased mineral oil content, a lot of sugar, added vitamins and a lot of lack of declaration.
Heavily contaminated with mineral oil hydrocarbons
According to the information, a total of four cocoa powders for children contain “increased” or “greatly increased” levels of the saturated hydrocarbons MOSH / POSH. In ten out of 13 powders, the sugar content is "increased" or "greatly increased" according to the dosage recommendation.
The Nestlé cocoa in the test in particular is heavily contaminated with mineral oil hydrocarbons (MOSH / POSH).
MOSH has damaged organs such as the liver and lymph nodes in animal experiments.
Residues can be transferred to the food through the packaging, for example. Cocoa beans and sugar can also come into contact with lubricating oils during production.
Too much sugar
Nestlé also recommends mixing two to three heaped teaspoons of Nesquik in a milk glass.
The laboratory commissioned by “Öko-Test” determined more than 7.5 grams of sugar in such a powder portion.
This is already more than half of the amount recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for three-year-old children. It is not more than 15 grams a day. The testers also criticize the artificial vitamins it contains. According to the experts, their addition is completely unnecessary and is intended to give the impression that the cocoa powder is a healthy food.
And some information on the packaging is also irritating. The nutrient table on the back refers to values for an average adult.
But Nesquik is obviously aimed at children. Nestlé also brazenly advertises the powder, which consists of around 80 percent sugar, with the healthy ingredients of milk, the testers criticize.
The advertised self-evidentness "without preservatives according to the law" is also doubtful.
Treat cocoa drinks like a candy
According to the "Öko-Test", Nestlé did not want to accept the result for MOSH / POSH ("greatly increased"), as the company announced in writing.
There are doubts about the method for mineral oil that the commissioned laboratory uses. According to the information, the method that the laboratory uses is not just any method, but a method according to the DIN standard. And the group did not provide an independent study that supports Nestlé's doubts.
The testers conclude with a tip: treat cocoa drinks like a candy because of their high sugar content. It is therefore best for toddlers to drink them rarely. Some manufacturers recommend five spoons of cocoa powder for a milk glass. That's too much. One to two teaspoons are enough. (ad)