It’s okay to buy generic, but certain products aren’t the bargain they seem. Read the labels carefully, there are hidden ingredients you might want to avoid. Check out the foods you should never buy generic!
“For the most part, generic brands are equally nutritious and lower in cost,” says Jennifer McDaniel, RD, owner of McDaniel Nutrition in St. Louis, MO. But some products are different in their specific ingredients, which is why it’s important to read nutrition labels carefully. Case in point: “Some generic peanut butters have unhealthy, unnecessary additives such as added sugars or extra fat from non-sustainable resources like palm oil,” she says.