As an organic baker and health & wellness advocate, one of the most frequent things I hear from clients once they are encouraged to eat an organic gluten-free diet is: “I can’t afford to eat like that!!!!” :O This is totally understandable!! Most of us live on budgets or fixed incomes, so we worry about increasing the grocery budget!! However, there are a few things you can do to cut down your cost of food when choosing to eat a healthy, organic, and gluten/grain-free diet.. The first one is a simple chart that you can print out, stick it in your purse or wallet, take it to the grocery store!!
The Environmental Working Group put together two lists, “The Dirty Dozen” and “The Clean 15,” to help consumers know when they should buy organic and when it is unnecessary. These lists were compiled using data from the United States Department of Agriculture on the amount of pesticide residue found in non-organic fruits and vegetables after they had been washed.
The fruits and vegetables on “The Dirty Dozen” list, when conventionally grown, tested positive for at least 47 different chemicals, with some testing positive for as many as 67. For produce on the “dirty” list, you should definitely go organic — unless you relish the idea of consuming a chemical cocktail. All the produce on “The Clean 15” bore little to no traces of pesticides, and is safe to consume in non-organic form.
If you are grocery shopping on a budget, you can save money at the grocery store by skipping the organics and sticking to conventionally grown versions of the Clean Fifteen list– those fruits and veggies that generally contain less pesticides and harmful toxins.