Consumer Reports May 2020: Fast Food Makeover

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French fries made from zuchinni in red fast food boxOver one-third of Americans eat fast food each day. But 79 percent of Americans are also trying to eat healthier when dining out. Many chains are trying to offer better and healthier options–lower in calories, fat and sodium. Consumer Reports recently surveyed 17 chains; the ratings and reviews are found in “Fast Food Gets a Makeover.”

Vinyl siding is increasing in popularity for many reasons–it’s one of the most affordable types of siding, it can raise a home’s curb appeal, and upkeep is simple. Consumer Reports recently tested 11 siding products–eight vinyl products made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and three made from PVC foam and other materials. “What’s New in Siding” has reviews for these products based on warm and cold impact, wind, color change and rigidity.

Front-loading washers are popular and efficient, but many owners report problems with mold growth and mildew. What can be done to minimize this? “Mold: The Mystery & the Menace” has a section on how to minimize mold growth, along with reviews for front-loader washers and a few top-loaded HE and top-loader agitator models.

Most people have a primary care doctor that they see regularly. However it is becoming more and more difficult to schedule appointments with primary care doctors, leading to a decline in people getting regular primary care. As a result, alternatives to traditional medical care are increasing. This includes workplace health clinics, primary care clinics, virtual doctor visits, and more. See “More Choice, More Power” to explore these options.

Other topics in this issue include:

  • Ratings for stand mixers
  • “A Smarter Way to Water Your Lawn”
  • “Which Grill Makes the Tastiest Food?”
  • “Meet Your Driving Style Match”
  • Ratings for hatchbacks, sedans, and SUVs

Consumer Reports magazine is available in print and online to Fauquier County Library card holders, providing access to articles, reviews and ratings on over 8,000 products and services. The library has copies of Consumer Reports dating back to 2016.

To access Consumer Reports online free from the library’s website, click on the research tab and browse the alphabetical listing of databases for Consumer Reports Online.

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