Last week I wrote about how more people are choosing unhealthy food to cut back on their expenses, as a result of this on-going global economic crisis.

And to follow up on that, here are some tips on how you can spend less dollars, and still eat healthy (how great  is that?!)  — based on “Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides” report by a green organization called Environmental Working Group (EWG).

  • If you do not have enough budget to buy everything organic, try saving your dollars for “high-risk” produce. According to the report by EWG, produce such as peaches, apples, bell peppers, celery, strawberries, lettuce, carrots and pears get highly contaminated by pesticides. (even if you rinse them before you eat) Thus, it is highly recommended that you put them on top of your list when going organic-grocery-shopping.
  • For items like onion, avocado, sweet corn, pineapple, asparagus, cabbage, kiwi, watermelon, broccoli and tomato, you could try to save your money by going with conventionally grown products as they are less likely to have pesticide contamination.
NYC Union Square Farmers' Market

NYC Union Square Farmers' Market

Also, if time allows you, check out local farmers’ markets in search of organic produce. Here in NYC, I often visit farmers’ markets (in fact, there’s one right in front of my work place) and am always able to find organic products that taste good, are more fresh and way cheaper than the nearby Whole Foods Market.

And YES, I think whole foods market is way over-priced, although they carry good products.