Your Guide to Eating

We get it.  You work long hours and barely have enough time to microwave a frozen TV dinner–which is why we’ve put together the ultimate list for your next grocery store run. Don’t worry, you won’t have to spend an entire paycheck at the ritzy gourmet corner shop–about 75 percent of American supermarkets carry some organic food, and many of the big chains have their own affordable organic brands like Safeway’s O Organics.

Courtesy of Marie Claire Magazine, We’ve Got The List: 

Organic meats and dairy foods. The pesticides that collect in the fatty tissue of conventionally farmed meat products are fat-soluble, so they can stay in your body for years (unlike the pesticides on produce, which we eliminate relatively quickly). Plus, nonorganic meats and dairy products are loaded with antibiotics and growth hormones.

Domestic produce. “Chemicals banned in the U.S. often get sold to other countries and sent back to us as residue on fruits and vegetables,” says Jennifer Sass, a scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council. Last year, Congress passed a law requiring country-of-origin labeling on all produce. Look for it. And play it safe: Even if an apple is from New York, wash it well—and peel it, if possible.

Whole-grain foods. Most have fewer additives than processed white pastas and breads. Even Saltines contain high-fructose corn syrup.

Omega-3-rich fish. Cut your meat consumption in half and replace those proteins with fish like wild salmon and trout. Avoid farm-raised salmon (full of banned PCBs) and canned albacore tuna (loaded with mercury).

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