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Supermarket Rip-offs

My mom sent me an article on the 7 worst supermarket rip-offs.  I picked the top 3 I found most interesting and thought I would share (in case you’re not much of a link clicker). 🙂 

All of the following information is taken from the link above.

Well, the pictures may have been altered. Slightly.

Organic Onions and Avocados

In fact, as a general rule, anything you have to peel before you eat (such as bananas or garlic, for example) is relatively low in pesticides. If you want to eat organic, splurge on produce with permeable or edible skin, such as peaches, lettuce, and apples.

Gluten-Free Baked Goods

Gluten-free foods generally cost two to three times more than their gluten-containing counterparts, and unless you’re among the less than 1 percent of people with celiac disease, there’s no point in coughing up the extra dough. Gluten-free pastries and breads don’t necessarily have fewer calories or more nutrients than regular products. A 2006 study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology followed a group of gluten-free dieters with celiac disease for 2 years and discovered that 81 percent of them actually gained weight.

5-Hour Energy

There’s a lot of hype in this bottle, but the only ingredient that provides any significant energy is caffeine, of which there are 135 grams in each bottle. That’s less than you’d find in a 14-ounce cup of coffee (Dunkin’ Donuts 14-ounce medium has 164 grams of caffeine). Cost for a cup of coffee: A buck or two. Cost for 5-Hour Energy: Between $3 and $4.

What do you think are the worst supermarket rip-offs? (I pick the 100 calorie packets…of anything. It’s so much cheaper to buy the whole bag and then portion it out in Zip-Locs when you get home.)

P.S. Please don’t be alarmed that this isn’t a Bahamas post. I have more of those coming. 😉

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