Costco - the Store for Fat People With Unhealthy Diets?

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    Feb 11, 2014 11:20 PM GMT
    This would be good place to insert a gif of double-wide shoppers exiting from Costco. Just like other grocery chains, most of Costco's food products have a lot of fat, and lots of added sugar, salt and high-fructose corn syrup. Almost invariably, most of their canned goods have lots of added sodium or sugar. Vegetables and soups have way too much salt. Doesn't make for healthy eating. I wouldn't ordinarily buy any canned food (except maybe canned peaches in the winter), but for chopped tomatoes for a sauce, what is a fellow to do? I stop at Costco every other week or so but usually limit my purchases to Cheerios, bananas, organic carrots, paper towels and detergent. I will sometimes buy an organic chicken. (If they carried wild-caught salmon, I would buy that as well, but normally only have farmed salmon - the stuff with the artificial color.) Recently they have been promoting organic products, and these now take up the entire front end of the local store. How un-Costco of them. With measured hope, I checked the ingredients on a couple of Costco's organic products. Quelle surprise! True to Costco's normal practice - they turned out to be rather unhealthy as well:
    Organic chicken broth has 330 mg of sodium per cup; their natural chicken broth has 440 mg of sodium per cup. If one made a soup for a lunch or dinner main course with Costco's natural chicken broth, he would probably consume two cups, not one. That's 880 mg of sodium just in the soup. If you followed the CDC's and Mayo Clinic's standard recommendations, that would be more than 1/3 of the daily maximum amount of sodium it is safe to consume - just in that soup. If following the newer, revised guidelines, that set a maximum sodium intake at 1500 mg per day (which applies to all black people, among others), your soup would have given you already about 60% of the maximum daily safe amount to consume. With all Costco's added salt, perhaps it's designed to get greater sales of drugs for high blood pressure?
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    Feb 11, 2014 11:45 PM GMT
    There is a lot of good stuff in there (though not all good deals) if you shop selectively. But yeah. Sometimes I see the families waddling toward the entrance from different parts of the parking lot, and it looks like a bunch of blimps converging on their hanger.

    Some of the things that I usually stock from costco:

    brussels sprouts
    Grapes
    Raw almonds
    canned chili
    almond milk
    coffee
    eggs
    OJ

    And yes, I go for the individually-wrapped frozen fish and chicken. And the ludicrously-thick cut pork chops (mini pork-roasts, really.)

    Last month they had a special on LED replacement bulbs for $11. Limit 10. I went back three times icon_redface.gif
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    Feb 11, 2014 11:51 PM GMT
    I go to Costco, occasionally, but I haven't noticed many unusually large people, at all.
    There are all kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables, and chicken and fish.
    It's all about making good choices.
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    Feb 12, 2014 12:09 AM GMT
    I shop at sams..guess its the same thing, buy lots of veggies and meat in bulk..not canned food but still you don't have to eat shit just because its there
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    Feb 12, 2014 12:17 AM GMT
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    Feb 12, 2014 12:37 AM GMT
    You're thinking of Walmart http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/
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    Feb 12, 2014 2:13 AM GMT
    Webster666 saidI go to Costco, occasionally, but I haven't noticed many unusually large people, at all.
    There are all kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables, and chicken and fish.
    It's all about making good choices.

    Exactly. You'll find overweight people in Whole Foods too. You can get junk food in any grocery store and I've never seen an any more at Costco than any other place. It is all about your choices. I go there occasionally and buy several things, even bought some high fat items I'm sure. Moderation!
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    Feb 12, 2014 2:43 AM GMT
    It's those fat people with unhealthy diets going for the tubs of peanut butter pretzel nuggets (which they never seem to run out of either, btw) that keep the prices for the healthy stuff I buy low.

    I love the Costco "Kirkland" store brands, especially after I saw a documentary on Costco showing that because competition for shelf space there is stiff (whether flying under their own or the "Kirkland" banner), the quality better be good. Healthy foodstuffs I get that's typically 50-75% off regular grocery store prices include:

    - liquid pasteurized egg whites
    - bags of frozen vegetables (they keep, and frozen are best)
    - natural almonds, whole or slivered
    - low sodium chicken soup
    - Greek yogurt
    - raisins
    - chia seeds
    - large eggs
    - Tasty Bite Indian sauce pouches
    - quinoa
    - frozen blueberries
    - certain produce if I batch cook
    - their sodium-laden, saline-injected rotisserie chicken (hey, I'm not perfect)
    - that shrimp salad with the oil's the most economical, I just rinse it before eating
    - dried duck strips for the dogs


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    Feb 12, 2014 3:04 AM GMT
    I'm a little weary of buying their produce. They gas their fruits to make them ripen faster. So if you don't eat them in time, they all rot. Wasted money.
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    Feb 12, 2014 3:51 AM GMT
    xrichx saidI'm a little weary of buying their produce. They gas their fruits to make them ripen faster. So if you don't eat them in time, they all rot. Wasted money.

    Costco is very cheap - which is why I shop there,
    I'm not leary of buying their produce - though I usually don't except for bananas, brocoli and carrots - but that's because where I live one can get much better quality produce (although at a higher price) at "produce stores." My post was a bit verbose, but the reason for posting was to point out that Costco, even in its "organic" canned goods, puts an unhealthy amount of salt (sodium) in - thus defeating the purpose of selling "organic" canned goods in the first place. Costco is very slow to catch on - it was many years before they started selling non-fat yogurt; many years before they offered detergent without perfumes (they still don't sell "dryer sheets" without perfume (which can be had at any local supermarket chain); they sell "Dove" brand facial cleanser (soap), but not the unscented version. People tell me that none of their hair products (shampoos/conditioners) come without perfume.
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    Feb 12, 2014 5:04 AM GMT
    Um... you know they don't actually "make" anything at all, don't you? It's exactly the same stuff you get at any other store, with a different label. The same canneries make the same stuff for Costco or Kroger, or Safeway, or Trader Joes, or Whole Paycheck. They just put different labels on it. I test this stuff. I test one item and write up four or six identical reports with only the names changed.

    The "purpose" of "organic" labels is to steal money from stupid people. Having a lot of sodium doesn't defeat that purpose.

    And for the personal care products, the perfume is the only difference between the different stores. Otherwise, it all comes out of the same vat. I refuse to write up multiple reports for that. If they change the ingredients, I charge full price to test each one.
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    Feb 12, 2014 5:44 AM GMT
    Costco does have healthy stuff. Veggies, fruits, pure juices, cheese, kim chee, some meats, frozen meats. You just have to look for them. I can't stand the 3rd world people standing in line for free junk food with their 8 kids, and blocking the aisles, which is a new phenomenon.
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    Feb 12, 2014 5:47 AM GMT
    They used to sell tubs of Optimum Nutrition whey protein powder. But lately, all I see is the Muscle Milk brand. Bummer.
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    Feb 12, 2014 6:50 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidUm... you know they don't actually "make" anything at all, don't you? It's exactly the same stuff you get at any other store, with a different label. The same canneries make the same stuff for Costco or Kroger, or Safeway, or Trader Joes, or Whole Paycheck. They just put different labels on it. I test this stuff. I test one item and write up four or six identical reports with only the names changed.

    The "purpose" of "organic" labels is to steal money from stupid people. Having a lot of sodium doesn't defeat that purpose.

    And for the personal care products, the perfume is the only difference between the different stores. Otherwise, it all comes out of the same vat. I refuse to write up multiple reports for that. If they change the ingredients, I charge full price to test each one.

    Of course I know that Costco doesn't make anything. Costco could carry different products if it so chose. They could carry unscented laundry products, and eventually did carry one. I've never seen "organic" or "natural" chicken broth anywhere before, so I don't know if it was already made before Costco ordered it. I do know that Trader Joes carries low-sodium soup (140 mg per cup), so Costco could carry it. I'm also guessing that Costco, being one of the largest buyers in the world of of such products has enough clout (like Walmart does) to have a product altered to their requirments.