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Save Money When Shopping For Organic Foods

Updated on November 11, 2012
The official seal found on USDA certified organic foods.
The official seal found on USDA certified organic foods. | Source

If you have ever shopped for organic foods, you know how expensive they can be. It costs more to eat healthy than it does to chow down on junk food. But, if you learn how, you can get more bang for your buck and still get the healthy organic foods to serve to your family.

Read labels. This is good advice when purchasing any foods. This is doubly true when shopping for organic foods. Labels can be deceiving. Be sure it says "100 percent organic." This means it was produced with little or no pesticides, herbicides, antiobiotics, hormones, chemical fertilizers, additives or preservatives. This is the ONLY type of organic food that can give this guarantee. If it has this on the label, you can be sure that 95 percent of the ingredients are organic.

However, if the label says "made with organic ingredients", only 70 percent of the product is fully organic. It is quite possible that you are not getting what you pay for when purchasing foods with this label on them. It may be that the non-organic ingredients are added vitamins or other nutrients. It is also possible they are ingredients you would prefer not to ingest. To be extra sure, look for the USDA organic seal. Then you can be sure you are getting the quality of organic foods you are looking for.

There is also some produce that is not labeled organic but it will be low pesticide. An unpeeled banana is one example. Once you throw out the peel, there are no chemicals on the part you are eating. In this case, you are wasting your money buying organic bananas. This is also true for asparagus, broccoli, avocado, pineapple, kiwi, mango, and papaya. These are all low-pesticide produce. It is also possible that onions, cabbage, frozen peas, and frozen corn will be nearly pesticide-free as well.

There are about a dozen types of produce that are the highest in pesticide residue. To get the most for you money, these are the types of organic produce you should purchase. They include potatoes, bell peppers, spinach, celery, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, grapes, peaches, nectarines, apples, and pears. Once again, be sure the label says "100 percent organic."

Many times, companies will try to fool you into thinking you are buying something you are not. It is always advisable to read the label of any food, especially produce, you are buying. Then you will know you are getting the healthiest foods you are able to for you and your family.


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    RachieH 6 years ago

    Thanks for the advice! I am trying to switch to as much organic food as possible. Voted up for usefulness!