Not So Picture Perfect Foods 8/19/12

Published On: Aug 17 2012 09:39:39 PM CDT

Walking down the supermarket aisle, you see one mouthwatering photo after another. But how does the food look when you get it home? "Whatever comes out of that microwave is a far cry from what was advertised." "They make it look appetizing and it's usually not." "It's never going to look as good as what's on the box." "Now we had a lot of people complain to us about the food that really doesn't resemble the pretty pictures on the box. So we decided to buy a cartful of products." Consumer Reports' trained testers evaluated more than three dozen products - everything from broccoli to bacon to sweet treats. Tod Marks "Some products did appear as pictured. But we found others whose photos didn't come near reality." Take this package of Tabatchnick Tuscany Lentil Soup that shows pretty red and green vegetables. But where are they once you heat the soup? And the spaghetti and meatballs on this Banquet box do look appetizing. But the actual meatballs are smaller and the spaghetti is in pieces, not strands. And while this Barbecue Steak from Healthy Choice does look like what's shown on the package … there's less than you'd expect. And "lean" is right with the Lean Pockets Pretzel Bread Sandwiches. See the chunky filling on the box? But the pockets Consumer Reports bought were far from full! So what can you do when your food isn't picture-perfect? Tod Marks "I suggest you complain to the company, because the worst that can happen is, well, maybe they'll give you an apology. But the best that can happen, you get a free product." ."