Our taste test was completely independent. The tasters told it like it was, without any input from the companies included. I think dieters everywhere will be interested in the results.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 12, 2010
NextAdvisor.com, a leading consumer review site, has announced the results of its diet food taste test. This unique comparison provides a completely independent look at how meal delivery diet plans actually taste. Six of the leading diet plans were included: Jenny Craig, Bistro MD, DietToGo, Nutrisystem, eDiets Fresh Prepared and Medifast. They were ranked in four different categories: breakfast, lunch, dinner and overall.
"We wondered how these meal delivery plans really taste, so we decided to conduct our own independent blind taste test," said diet category editor Tasha Lockyer. "I think that dieters everywhere will be interested in the results."
A week's worth of standard meal plans were anonymously ordered from each diet program. NextAdvisor.com paid out-of-pocket for all of the included plans, and there was no input from the diet companies themselves. Six of the most popular meal delivery plans were selected, and nine individual testers of varying ages, both male and female, participated. The actual taste test was blind, with the testers unable to see brands or any other identifying criteria.
"Our taste test was completely independent. The tasters told it like it was, without any input from the companies included, rating each plan on taste and appearance," said Lockyer. "Jenny Craig was the clear winner, ranking higher than the more 'gourmet' delivery plans. We actually were a little surprised." After Jenny Craig, the next best tasting plan was Bistro MD, followed by DietToGo, Nutrisystem, eDiets Fresh Prepared, and Medifast.
Participants in the taste test sampled each meal, assigning numeric rankings on a scale from 1 to 10 for both the taste and the appearance of the dish. The only information provided was a food description. Breakfast, lunch and dinner meals from each plan were included. Although most programs indicated you could cook their meals in the oven or the microwave, NextAdvisor's testers chose to heat all the meals in the microwave, something they felt more accurately reflected today's busy lifestyle.
Tester feedback ranged from "I like this one" and "way better than expected" for Jenny Craig, to "even by diet food standards this is bad" for one of the lower rated plans.
According to Lockyer, the cost of a program was not necessarily a factor in how highly the plan rated. In fact, "some of the lower priced plans performed very well, exceeding the results of the more expensive plans."
The taste test results were one of several components used to calculate ranking in NextAdvisor's overall diet meal delivery program reviews. Other elements included support strength and availability, fitness tools and price.
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