Lately, I have been doing a lot of research into the food I’ve been eating. Although I stay pretty far away from processed foods when I can, I admittedly did not know much about the organic, non-GMO movements for food; the extent of my knowledge a few months ago was that organic was better, but I honestly couldn’t tell you why. And, being pretty frugal, I generally opted for the non-organic version at food stores to save some money.
But, over the last few months I have really enjoyed delving deeper into where the food I’m eating comes from and getting some answers to my questions – which I know are the same as a lot of people’s. Questions like: What does organic really mean? How is organic growing regulated? Does eating organic really make a difference? Can I get all the fruits and vegetables my family needs in organic versions without breaking the bank? What foods should I absolutely buy organic and what foods can I get away with buying non-organic versions? And, what should I look for at the grocery store when buying meats?
Over the next couple of months I will be sharing some of the things I have learned, but I thought I would start with a few of the most useful concepts I picked up – “The Dirty Dozen” and “The Clean Fifteen.” Basically, these are cheat sheets to the purchasing of organic produce. The Dirty Dozen are the twelve fruits and vegetables you should always buy organic when you can, as they are generally the most pesticide-laden produce. The Clean Fifteen are the vegetables and fruit that are least likely to have pesticides on the portion you eat, after regular washing. As such, they are the produce items that you can buy non-organic to save some money!
Here are the cheat sheets I made up to save on my phone & pin on Pinterest so that I always have access to the information I need while food shopping.
xoxo – SavvySleever