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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The 4-Step Selection Process
Photo: Randy Mayor

The 4-Step Selection Process

Each year we taste test common grocery store staples to find the best of the best. Here is how we chose contenders:

1. Foods had to be available in most major markets nationwide.

2. We kicked out items that contained added trans fats, too much salt, or too much saturated fat.

3. A panel of 15 staffers tasted almost 200 foods blind: Brands weren't revealed to tasters until after they had sampled and ranked all items in that category.

4. We gave two levels of awards in each category: Grand Prize and Taste Test Award.

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