Wednesday, 22 June 2011
I like to buy generic or store brand products sometimes. I feel that they're up to par with brand name products and besides they save me a few bucks here and there. I prefer buying generic band-aids, sunscreen and even medicine. Purchasing generic brands has become increasingly popular, especially in this struggling economy, yet there is still a stigma attached to it.
In terms of taste, I've actually tasted a generic version of Cheerios before and it tastes almost identical to the national brand.
According to a 2009 Consumer Report, in a series of blind tests, trained tasters compared well-known brands to store brands for taste in 29 food categories. Generic and national brands tasted about equally as good 19 times. Four times, the generic brand won and six times, the well-known brand won.
But what about medication? I prefer generic brand medication to name brand medicine. In fact, my sister had a bad cold last winter and the generic version of Sudafed worked as well, if not better than the national brand. Generic brand medication must have the same active ingredient as non-generic and must be approved by the FDA like non-generics, also. I've even encountered doctors recommending generic brands. Thousands of women also take generic birth control.
Yet, I still hear people at supermarkets or drugstores belittle the generic brands. Even my mother was upset that I bought a generic set of sunscreen for this summer.
Is purchasing generic brand products unhealthy? I believe it's not, but what do you think?
Do you buy certain products that are generic? If so, then what type of products? Why do you think some people have a stigma with generic brands?