Eating organic doesn't have to bust your budget

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We all know that opting for organic food can be a healthy choice for us individually as well as for the planet. Organic food can also be more expensive than conventionally produced food. But you don’t have to break the bank to eat organic.

One great money saving tip is to look for store-brand organics. For example, our team found an organic apple sauce at Whole Foods priced about half the cost of a name brand organic apple sauce.

And check prices carefully. Organic can sometimes be cheaper. For instance, 2 pounds of organic hummus at Costco was almost a dollar less than a non-organic brand there.

If going completely organic is putting too big a dent in your budget, know that for some fruits and vegetables conventionally grown is comparable in terms of pesticide risk to organic.

One example: avocados. Consumer Reports has previously found that non-organic avocados from Mexico, Chile and Peru have a low pesticide risk. The same with conventionally grown U.S. broccoli.

But other produce, such as strawberries has a higher pesticide risk. So buying the pricier organic options is worth considering. Organic carrots, bell peppers, sweet potatoes and green beans are also worth the extra money.

And do check out frozen organic veggies. Compare their prices to fresh and you could be pleasantly surprised.

Can washing your produce help with pesticide risk? It can’t guarantee that you’ll get rid of all pesticide residues, but a good scrubbing can get rid of some. Keep in mind, though, some produce absorbs the pesticides, and those can’t be washed away.

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