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How to Shop Organic (the Right Way) Without Breaking the Bank

How to Shop Organic (the Right Way) Without Breaking the Bank

May 12, 2017

When it comes to shopping for fruits and vegetables, it’s ideal to shop organic as much as possible.

It’s a bold statement, sure, but there’s a pretty legit reason behind it. Point blank: Organic fruits and vegetables are free of synthetic additives like pesticides, chemical fertilizers, GMOS, dyes, and more. These additives can have serious effects on anyone’s health, but especially that of developing young children.

Which is (hopefully) enough for you to be convinced. But don’t worry, we’ll expand…

However, before we get into the nitty-gritty, just know that buying organic not only reduces the toxins your children consume but also helps support sustainable, ethical farms. And in the U.S., produce must meet certain criteria to be certified organic by USDA standards.

USA. USA. USA!

But isn’t organic, like, ridiculously expensive?

We get it. You’re all for buying organic — until you see that damn price tag! And we sympathize. Honestly. But the unfortunate truth here is that parenting comes with many costs—often-unexpected ones.

But we’ll let you in on a little secret: You don’t need 100% organic 100% of the time. (Shh… we didn’t tell you that.) What you can do is learn to distinguish which fruits and vegetables you absolutely must buy as organic versus ones where there isn’t as much of a necessity.

So, how do I know which food to buy organic… and why?

One way to know what to buy is to memorize “the dirty dozen,” an incredibly popular list of, you guessed it, a dozen fruits and veggies which should a.l.w.a.y.s. buy organic.

Put together by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), this list takes into account what produce has the highest levels of pesticides.

What are some of the foods on the list? Thought you’d never ask:

 

·       Strawberries

·       Spinach

·       Apples

·       Grapes

·       Tomatoes

·       Peaches

·       Potatoes

·       Pears

·       Nectarines

·       Blue Berries

Note: It’s important to note that while the list changes every year, many of the items remain the same. So… do your homework! The guide is an excellent way to cut through the overwhelming amount of information on organic produce.

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