Dr Oz: Does Expensive Coffee Taste Better?
Is more expensive coffee really worth the money? That’s a question that certainly grabbed the attention of millions watching Dr Oz. Jeff Rossen and Dr Oz set up a station inside a mall to conduct a blind taste test as an attempt to find out. The average American spends more than $1,000 a year on coffee, but could cheap deli coffee beat expensive gourmet coffee in a blind taste test? Many said the gourmet coffee was bolder, while others preferred the cheaper coffee saying it was smoother. Approximately 67% of people chose the cheap coffee!
When Dr Oz taste-tested the coffee himself, he thought they actually tasted the same, but incorrectly guessed which one he was drinking. Jeff Rossen explained that the more expensive coffee comes from more expensive, better beans, but cheaper coffee still comes from good beans, so you really can’t lose!
Ironically, some of the best coffee I’ve had has come from hotels! What do you think? Do you tend to prefer cheap or expensive coffee? Can you really tell a difference?
Dr Oz: What Is The Pink Tax?
Dr Oz then wanted to conduct another experiment, to find out whether women are paying more than men for the same products. It’s called the “pink tax” and it’s a ploy used by retailers to target women and make more money. Jeff Rossen took a closer look at deodorant, shaving cream, and razors. Many people may not notice the price difference right away, because the products are displayed separately, but there’s no denying that the pink tax exists.
Dr Oz: Women Paying More Than Men For Same Products
Jeff and his producer, a woman, went to Target to shop for the same products, each targeted to their specific gender. Shaving gel for women cost $0.10 more and 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner cost nearly $1 more. Target claimed that “prices can vary” and the shaving creams have “different formulas” with the women’s ingredients costing more. Dove deodorant also cost nearly a $1 more for the women’s version. Twin packs of Degree deodorant with the same active ingredient cost $4 more for the women’s version!
Brands recognize that women will pay more to look and feel good, which is why they charge them more. Unilever claimed the only reason for the price difference was that the deodorant came from “different product lines” with “different technologies.” It turns out that women actually tend to pay twice as much as men at the dry cleaner as well!
Dr Oz had two women unknowingly try men’s deodorant for a week to see if they would notice a difference. They used deodorant without a label and then joined Dr Oz to share how they felt about the unscented product. They acknowledged that it worked well for them and would easily use it again, especially knowing that it was cheaper. Women, go ahead and buy men’s products because it’s the same for cheaper!
Dr Oz: Do Mobile Breathalyzers Really Work?
Finally, Dr Oz wanted to conduct one more test, perhaps with the most detrimental information. Can you really turn your phone into a breathalyzer test? Tia Brown wanted to find out how accurate a breathalyzer app or tool could be, especially when it’s one that simply works through your phone. Tia and Carolina drank a few glasses of wine to put the products to the test.
The legal blood-alcohol limit in the United States is .08, but just how much alcohol it takes to reach that can depend on your weight, gender, and tolerance for alcohol. A police officer explains that, on average, each drink is considered a .02 blood-alcohol concentration, which would mean 4 drinks for the average sized woman.
Carolina drank four glasses of wine and Tia had three and a half, before they received an official breathalyzer test from a police officer. They both tested well over the legal limit, but would the breathalyzer apps prove to work as well as promised? The two women pretty much failed both their driving tests and sobriety tests after drinking the wine.
Two out of three units tested well, but one didn’t. The take away would be that you don’t want to make a life or death decision based on one of the products, and you’re always better off using a designated driver or calling a cab. But just to have handy, Dr Oz recommended the Backtrack Mobile Pro and the Alcohoot, not the Breathometer.