Don’t Waste Your Money: Picture Perfect Food (Not!)

Posted at 5:34 PM, Jul 30, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-30 17:34:02-04

Boxed, frozen, or canned — Americans spend more than 100 billion dollars a year on processed food — more than any other type of food. What’s pictured on the packages often looks delicious, so it can be a real disappointment when food doesn't match. Consumer Reports gets lots of complaints.

Walking down the supermarket aisle, you see one mouthwatering photo after another. But how does the food look when you get it home?

Consumer Reports’ trained testers evaluated more than three dozen products — everything from broccoli to bacon to sweet treats.

If you spot a product where the food doesn’t measure up to the picture, let Consumer Reports know. You can e-mail the information to