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Consumer Reports Magazine | September

Published: 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.
15 Supplement Ingredients to Always Avoid These supplement ingredients can cause organ damage, cardiac arrest, and cancer.
We Made This Weight-Loss Supplement It was easy. It was fast. And it’s dangerous.
Who Does Need Vitamin and Mineral Supplements? Most people don’t, but there are times when one may be called for.
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.
The Truth About Supplements We review the evidence for several popular supplements, starting with calcium and vitamin D.
The Truth About Calcium and Vitamin D Consumers take them to strengthen bones and prevent fractures. Do they work?


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.
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.

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?
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.
How Robos Handle the 'F' Word The Fiduciary Rule affects all advisers—even robos.

Spoiler Alert: You're Wasting 1 in 4 Bags of Groceries Find out how to waste less food and save more money.
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.
Kitchen Hacks That Make the Most Out of Your Leftovers Tips from America’s Test Kitchen on how to make leftovers more tasty.
Food Recovery Efforts That Are Making a Difference Individuals, organizations, and governments with a fresh perspective on food waste.
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.
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.


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

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.

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 Cruze Review This compact car boasts big-car virtues in a small package.
2016 Chevrolet Spark Review This subcompact hatchback doesn’t know what it wants to be when it grows up.
2017 Hyundai Elantra Review Improved fuel economy and a user-friendly interior highlight the Elantra’s redesign, but ride and refinement lag the competition.
2016 Mini Cooper Clubman Review The largest member of the Mini family, the Clubman retains the brand’s fun and funky nature.


From Our President: What’s in Your Supplement? Consumer Reports is working to inject the marketplace for dietary supplements with transparency and common sense safety standards.

Building a Better World, Together Join with us to make a safer, healthier marketplace.

Selling It Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers.

The September 2016 issue of Consumer Reports provides recommendations, expert buying advice, and Ratings on hundreds of consumer products. Consumer Reports is one of the most trusted sources for information and advice on consumer products and services, with more than 7 million print and online subscribers. It conducts the most comprehensive testing programs of any U.S. publication or website, and the company's experts have decades of experience in testing and reporting.

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