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Whether you’re new to the organic movement or an old pesticide-free food pro, you may still have questions on the best way to shop for organic foods. Is it necessary to buy organic all of the time? Is it ever OK to eat conventional? Is everything organic waistline friendly? Here’s a simple guide to clear up some common questions.
1. Avoid the Dirty Dozen: Always shop organic when you buy produce, including jarred and canned goods, on the dirty dozen list, which includes produce with the highest-known levels of pesticides and herbicides, even after washing.
2. Shop the clean fifteen: Some fruits and veggies, also known as the clean 15, are generally OK to buy from the conventional sections.
3. Always read labels: Read labels even on organic packaged foods. Ideally, packaged foods will have five ingredients or less, or they will be made from all-real food without chemical additives. Products can be labeled 100 percent organic or made with a percentage of organic ingredients. Check the ingredients list so you know just how much of what you’re getting is organic.
4. Don’t forget nutrition: Organic packaged food may still be loaded with sugar, saturated fat and salt. Keep up your habit of reading labels and checking serving sizes. Just because something says organic on the label doesn’t automatically make it waistline-friendly!
We may be biased, but the best place to purchase packaged organic foods and snacks is at Vitacost.com. Our top organic healthy food brands include, Eden Foods, Frontier Co-Op, Bob’s Red Mill, Bionaturae, Vitacost brand, Simple Truth Organic, Santa Cruz, Jovial and Artisana Organics among so many others. Browse your favorites, find something new, add to your cart and save!
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