Strawberries and Avocado Share The #1 Position….But For What Category?
If you haven’t checked out the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG.org) website, you might be missing some helpful and practical information to help make your shopping decisions healthier and more cost effective.
Every year, the EWG releases two lists that truly make a difference when deciding if you should buy the organic or conventionally grown fruit or veggie. EWG conducts extensive research to help determine this independent and objective list.
The first list is the Clean 15 and this consists of those foods that you can buy conventionally (non organic) and still feel good about eating. Buying foods on the Clean 15 list should help your wallet. And in 2018, the avocado headed the #1 position here, so no need to waste money on buying organic avocado. For the complete list go to https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/clean-fifteen
The second list is the Dirty Dozen and consists of those foods that if your budget allows, it makes the most sense to buy organic. By buying these foods grown organically you avoid consuming pesticides that are linked to many health concerns. And the winner on this list was the strawberry. So if it works with your budget, buy this sweet red fruit organically grown.
For the complete list go to https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/dirty-dozen.php.
The list changes every year and I always carry the most recent guide on a key chain attached to my purse for easy access. Of course, if your budget doesn’t allow for any organic purchases, buy the conventional grown items and wash and dry them really well. Eating lots of fruits and veggies are an important part of any healthy diet. Remember at least 50% of all your meals should be these healthy gems with a rainbow of color and nutrition.
Don’t forget to check out the frozen selections for both organic and convention produce. You might be surprised that organic may be the same price as the non-organic.