Nov 20, 2010

Are Store Brands as Good as Name Brands?

In a day when most of us are trying to save money when we shop, it's sometimes hard to know where to draw the line between saving money and buying food that contains the nutrients necessary to keep us healthy.  So how do we make sure that we are getting the nutrients we need in the foods that we purchase, even if they are generic or store brands?

In reading an article discussing the advantages and disadvantages of buying brand name formula vs. store brand formula, it occurs to me  that it is important to read the labels and compare products.  This is true with any food that you are purchasing.  You want to compare  not only the nutritional facts, but the additives that may be in the product you are considering.

In the article about formulas, it states that store brands can cost less because they don't advertise heavily, which is very costly.  This savings can then be passed on to the consumer.  In the case of baby formula, buying store brand can mean a savings of up to $600 a year to a family.  The article also states that according to the new 10th Edition of Consumer Reports there is "no need for parents to choose expensive national brand infant formulas over their much more reasonable store brand counterparts sold at retailers like Walmart, Sam’s Club, Target, CVS, Kroger, Walgreens, and Babies R Us".

So read labels, and for the most part, be assured that you can safely buy store brands and save.

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