Many people want to eat healthy, but can’t afford to buy all organic. To help you make informed decisions at the grocery store, here is a list of the main products you should be buying organic:
1. Coffee: Many of the beans you buy are grown in countries that don’t regulate use of chemicals and pesticides, so look for the USDA Organic label
Mini Bite: Go a step further and look for the Fair Trade Certified label to ensure that your purchase supports farmers who are paid and treated well.
2. Milk: Organic dairies avoid using antibiotics and growth hormones on their cows. They also ensure the cows are fed with grains that are pesticide-free.
3. Meat: Organic meat means that the animal’s feed must be 100-percent Certified Organic. However, you should also look for grass-fed beef, which is typically healthier and leaner than corn-fed.
4. Vegetables: Bell peppers, lettuce, carrots and celery have thin skins that don’t offer much of a barrier to chemical treatments—when they are not organic, these vegetables are often heavily sprayed with insecticides
Mini Bite: Don’t want to pay for organic? At least be sure to scrub and peel thin-skinned veggies, or choose cabbage, cauliflower, sweet corn, sweet peas or broccoli instead.
5. Fruits: Buy organic peaches, apples, pears, cherries, strawberries and grapes. Multiple chemical pesticides are regularly applied to these delicately skinned fruits in conventional orchards.