Generic v. Name Brand

16 Feb

Like a lot of people, I live paycheck-to-paycheck. Consequently, I try to buy as many generic items as I can at the grocery store. There are exceptions (orange juice is always name brand).

I love making pasta at home; it’s quick and easy for a single person to make. Ninety percent of the time I buy generic pasta sauce as opposed to Ragu — it tastes pretty much the same and is a heck of a lot cheaper.

I will not be doing that anymore.

The generic brand of pasta sauce at the grocery store at which I shop contains high fructose corn syrup, whereas the same flavor of Ragu’s sauce does not.

I never thought much about high fructose corn syrup until a few years ago, when a friend basically hammered it into my brain that this is not an ingredient that needs to be in food, and I should avoid it at all costs.

This has caused me — in the case of pasta sauce and bread, for example — to sometimes buy a more expensive brand at the expense of a nasty ingredient I don’t want going in my body.

So here’s a heads up — look at the ingredients! What you see there may surprise you.

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