Taste Test: Our Guide to the Best Products at the Supermarket

There are tens of thousands of products on supermarket shelves; let us help you pick the best—in both taste and nutrition. After booting out foods that don't fit our nutrition standards, products are served to a Cooking Light staff tasting panel for blind taste tests. Here are the winning products in a variety of categories.

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How Taste Testing Works
Photo: Hannah Whitaker

How Taste Testing Works

When we pick foods in the grocery category, we're looking for products available in most major markets nationwide. We scour nutrition labels for artificial trans fats, too much salt, or too much saturated fat.

After booting out foods that didn't cut the mustard, we served 200 finalists to a tasting panel, who sampled everything blind—brands were not revealed. There are tens of thousands of products on shelves: We rotate through different categories each year.

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