Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Works for me Wednesday-Want to eat organic but can't afford it?

Ah...this is the issue we have been struggling with lately. I am trying to keep to a $50 weekly grocery budget for our family of 5...I have been on a wonderful health food site that is very encouraging. I have found some information that I would love to share with all of those who would love to eat more organically but have to pic and choose what they can afford to purchase.

Twelve "cleanest non-organic foods"
• Asparagus

• Avocados

• Bananas

• Broccoli

• Cauliflower

• Corn (sweet) AVOID: Probably Genetically Modified

• Kiwi

• Mangos

• Onions

• Papaya

• Pineapples

• Peas (sweet)

We don't recommend basing your diet solely on this list, but it's a good healthy start towards meals that won't kill your appetite.Since the EWG reports that more than half of our total dietary risk from pesticides comes from just 12 foods:

Twelve "RISKIEST foods
• Apples

• Bell Peppers

• Celery

• Cherries

• Imported Grapes

• Nectarines

• Peaches

• Pears

• Potatoes

• Red Raspberries

• Spinach

• Strawberries

avoiding these foods for the most part, substituting from the clean list above, and eating organic and/or homegrown produce whenever possible can substantially cut down on your exposure to pesticides. When choosing foods from the above list, however, keep in mind that corn and sweet potatoes are among those foods most likely to have been genetically modified. When it comes to these two types of produce, consumers concerned about GM foods as well will definitely want to seek out organic alternatives to assure themselves of further safety.Sources: http://www.living-foods.com/articles/twelvelist.htmlhttp://www.ewg.org/

For more great tips check out Shannons blog!

1 comment:

Cassie - Homeschooling Four said...

Wow. Very interesting. Thanks for the tip.