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Costco Foods Review
What's Good, What's Bad
by Vaughn Aubuchon

This page reviews various food products from Costco. Many are excellent, others not so much. The author's intent is to save the reader time and money.




Avocados - Excellent
Bananas - Excellent
Dark Chocolate Acai

Cantaloupe - Never RIPE
Diet Green Tea
Dried Apricots - Sulfured
Veggie Burgers

Jumbo Figs - Phony label
Stuffed Bell Peppers
GoRaw Sprouted Seeds

Slo-Niacin - Ingredients
Marie Callender - HVO

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Costco avocados are always excellent.
They are not too ripe, and ripen perfectly at home.

Costco bananas are always excellent, unless they are too ripe.

Dark Chocolate Asai Blueberry -
Brookside Foods, Canada

Delicious, as well as the Dark Chocolate Pomegranite.

Brookside Dark Chocolate Acai

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Costco cantaloupes are hopeless.
Once picked, cantaloupes do NOT ripen any further, along with most other melons.

Most of the time, they are nowhere near ripe, and will never ripen. They are rock-hard, and will rot internally, while still rock-hard.

Costco is not alone in this, ALL cantaloupes from Honduras are picked far too early (weeks). They rot internally, before they ripen.

Buy LOCALLY GROWN and RIPENED Cantaloupe, from your local fruit stand.

Kirkland Diet Green Tea
This product burns the back of my throat.
If you dilute it 50-50 with water, its not so bad.
They need to make a non-diet version,
minus the crap.

OK Ingredients
Purified Water
Citric Acid
Green Tea
Natural Flavors
Costco Diet Green Tea

Not So Good Ingredients
GRADE - Ingredient
C - Sodium Hexametaphosphate
C - Potassium Sorbate
C - Phosphoric Acid

D - Aspartame
D - Acesulfame Potassium

D - Calcium Disodium EDTA
D - Blue #1
D - Phenylalanine

F - Sodium Benzoate (may cause serious cell damage)

Dried Apricots from Mariani

The amount of sulfur poured on these would gag a horse.
Although Mariani is a California-based company, the apricots they sell are from Turkey. If you want quality, you MUST buy only organic dried apricots, or local connoisseur brands.
Turkish Apricots
In California, excellent California dried
apricots can be found at -

Gibson Farms
1190 Buena Vista Road
Hollister, CA 95023
(831) 637-3512

Morningstar Black Bean Veggie Burgers

The only thing "Burger-like" about these burgers is the shape.
Healthy? Sure.
Tasty? If you like cardboard. These are the driest, most tasteless veggie burgers known to man. Difficult to swallow, even smothered with A1 sauce. Save your money.
Morningstar Black Bean Burger

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Jumbo Figs - Made in Nature
BEAUTIFUL photo on the package. Just don't open it.
Inside are the most scraggly, pathetic looking
figs on the planet.
Don't be fooled - pass on these.
Costco Gourmet Jumbo Figs
Costco "Jumbo" Figs
See the big luscious figs portrayed on the label?
See the actual contents I placed across the label?
This is a case of OUTRIGHT DECEPTION in labeling.

ADDED: The larger, yellow Calimyrna figs
from Costco are much better. IMHO. Try those.

Stuffed Bell Peppers - Harris

Do you know of ANY prepared food that does NOT give the weight of what you are buying? Harris Ranch, seems to feel no need to tell you just how much is in the package

All Harris Ranch prepared foods are packed with salt and fat.
But they go one step further - they try to hide this fact -
1. Under the Nutrition label, Servings per Container: VARIED (maybe 2, maybe 20)

2. Serving size is given as 7oz.

3. However, NOWHERE do they state the package weight . I thought that this was required by law?!? You are on your own - "Get your own damned scale, you fussy customer!"

Harris Ranch makes CERTAIN that you can't compute actual nutritional values. Shame on Harris Ranch, for their devious, illegal marketing practices. Harris Ranch expects you to buy a scale and a calculator.

ADDED: This product has big wadballs of congealed yellow fat throughout, which must be removed with a spoon, before heating. The stuffed bell peppers from Trader Joe's are far superior, IMHO. Lose the arrogance. Buy from Trader Joe's, instead.
Stuffed Bell Peppers

GoRaw Sprouted Seeds
I am sure that these seeds are good for you.
BUT, there are NO SPROUTS.

Carefully examining the GoRaw Sprouted Sunflower Seeds reveals NO SPROUTS whatsoever.

Carefully examining the GoRaw Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds reveals NO SPROUTS whatsoever.

An illustration on the GoRAW website clearly shows a sprout sticking out from the seed. This company is SO into the word "sprouted", that they LIE. There are NO SPROUTS present, as suggested.

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Slo-Niacin - Upsher Labs

Niacin for your health, right?
Then, why the CRAP ingredients?

     - Not just partially hydrogenated - FULLY HYDROGENATED.
     - This is idiotic - not required whatsoever.

2. RED #5 - made from COAL TAR!
     - Related to ADHD.
     - Also, not required whatsoever.

3. Titanium dioxide - typically to make "free-flowing", or bleaching white.
     - The caplets are RED!
     - NOTHING is flowing here.
     - This is also NOT required whatsoever.

Costco Slo-Niacin
Costco Slo-Niacin

Buy it for health, and get blind-sided by CRAP ingredients.
Wonderful. Shame on Upsher Labs, for adding crud to a health-food supplement.

Marie Callender's Chicken Pot Pie

Contains "Hydrogenated Soybean Oil"
This author recommends the consumption
of ZERO HVO - Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil.
Each pie contains -
13 grams - Saturated Fat (65% DV)
1,000 mg Sodium (42% DV)

Marie Callender's Chicken Pot Pie

Never buy or consume any product that contains -
Hydrogenated vegetable oil, or
Partially hydrogenated vegetable oil.

Demonstrate to the manufacturers that you don't want their products.

Opinions on this page are those of the author, and he alone.
Your opinions may differ.
I love Costco, but they are not perfect, and must be prodded.
This page will grow as new products are added.

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