Spring is coming and that will mean that many will return to farmer’s markets to purchase locally and organically grown meats and produce. As many of you know, I read a ton in an effort to bring the best “guidelines” to those of you interested in living and eating better. An on line article recently caught my eye, it was titled, “ 7 Worst Supermarket Rip-Off’s”.
It can be found here: http://health.yahoo.net/experts/eatthis/7-supermarket-rip-offs
Now, I do not usually look to YAHOO to provide scientific research to back up my food choices but there are often interesting insights about ways to save money. We all know that organic foods are more expensive. I willingly spend more money on foods that I believe have lower exposure to chemicals that can cause systemic inflammation, lower immunity and disease. Like many of you, I do not have the ability to purchase and consume exclusively bio-dynamic and organic foods.
SO WHICH ARE THE BEST OPTIONS?
The Environmental Working Group is a reliable source. They recently published their 2010 pesticide review, which listed the most pesticide-free produce, even when conventionally grown, so we can save money. They are as follows:
Onions Avocados Watermelon
Mango Pineapple Frozen sweet peas
Kiwi Cabbage Asparagus
The top 12 foods to buy organic are listed below because they have permeable edible skins and a higher concentration of pesticides when conventionally grown.
Grapes Potatoes Kale/Collard greens
Cherries Spinach Sweet bell peppers
Peaches Nectarines Blueberries
Apples Celery Strawberries
For the whole list of produce, ranked from best to worst in terms of pesticide load, visit www.foodnews.org/fulllist.php
Proper nutrition is a highly debatable topic & making healthy food choices can be confusing & expensive. Good research from credible sources can help ensure that you are getting what you pay for!