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Consumer Reports Magazine

September 2016
September 2016

Cover Story

Supplements Can Make You Sick
Dietary supplements are not regulated the same way as medications. This lack of oversight puts consumers' health at risk.
We Made This Weight-Loss Supplement
It was easy. It was fast. And it’s dangerous.
What Supplement Labels Mean, and Don't
Here's help deciphering the jargon
What 'USP Verified' and Other Supplement Seals Mean
Some vitamins, minerals, and herbs carry these symbols of approval. Here, what they can actually tell you about the supplements inside.
Who Does Need Vitamin and Mineral Supplements?
Most people don’t, but there are times when one might be called for
The Truth About Supplements
Find out whether these popular supplements are effective and safe to take
15 Supplement Ingredients to Always Avoid
These supplement ingredients can cause organ damage, cardiac arrest, and cancer

Features

How Using a Grocery List and Other Strategies Can Cut Food Waste
Follow the shopping and cooking advice from the woman who helped start the waste-free movement
Can Special Food Storage Containers Keep Your Produce Fresh Longer?
Consumer Reports looks at the best ways to store your fruits and vegetables
The Refrigerator Feature That Keeps Food Fresh Longer
You’ll hear plenty of fanciful claims, but Consumer Reports' lab tests reveal the technology that makes food last
Kitchen Hacks That Make the Most Out of Your Leftovers
Tips from America’s Test Kitchen on how to make leftovers more tasty
Spoiler Alert: You're Wasting 1 in 4 Bags of Groceries
Find out how to waste less food and save more money
Food Recovery Efforts That Are Making a Difference
Individuals, organizations, and governments with a fresh perspective on food waste
Where in the World Is 4K Programming
To take full advantage of a 4K TV, you need to watch 4K shows and movies. Here’s where you can find content.
How to Shop Smarter in the Store for Your New TV
The secrets to sizing up TVs on a showroom floor
How Robos Handle the 'F' Word
The Fiduciary Rule affects all advisers—even robos
Find the Adviser That Suits Your Style
Take this quiz to determine if you'd be better off with a robo-adviser or a human one
The Rise of the Robo-Adviser
New digital platforms can manage your portfolio for a fraction of the price of a human financial adviser. Is it time to make a switch?
HD, OLED, HDR, UHD: How to Navigate the Alphabet Soup of Choices When Buying a TV
Cut through the confusion and find the one that’s right for you, using our six simple questions ­and our expert Ratings
How Dated Food Labels Contribute to Food Waste
‘Best if used by.’ ‘Sell by.’ How can you tell whether your food is still good? Why labels are so confusing and what may help.

Insights

Speakers of the House
Discover what a voice-activated device such as the Amazon Echo speaker and its virtual assistant, Alexa, could do for you in your home

Product Updates

Breathe Easier About Your Flooring
Worried about reports of formaldehyde? Read our test results and learn how to protect yourself.
Prepaid Cards Are a Smart Way to Pay With Plastic
They let you say bye-bye to banking and credit card fees

Road Report

2016 Chevrolet Cruze Review
This compact car boasts big-car virtues in a small package
Teen Driving: When Your Kid Takes the Wheel
If you’re shopping for a car for a first-time driver, be sure to keep your eye on the features that matter most
2016 Chevrolet Spark Review
This subcompact hatchback doesn’t know what it wants to be when it grows up
2016 Mini Cooper Clubman Review
The largest member of the Mini family, the Clubman retains the brand’s fun and funky nature
2017 Hyundai Elantra Review
Improved fuel economy and a user-friendly interior highlight the Elantra’s redesign, but ride and refinement lag the competition
8 Best City Cars and Ones to Avoid
Consumer Reports picks the top vehicles for navigating city streets and tells you which cars to skip

Departments

Selling It
Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers
Building a Better World, Together
Join with us to make a safer, healthier marketplace
From Our President: What’s in Your Supplement?

The September 2016 issue of Consumer Reports provides the latest ratings and reviews plus rigorous reporting on issues that impact consumers. Consumer Reports is one of the most trusted sources for information and advice on consumer products and services, with more than 7 million paying members.
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