organic http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/3176/all en-US How Much Can You Trust That Food Label? http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-can-you-trust-that-food-label <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-much-can-you-trust-that-food-label" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_food_label_000051747152.jpg" alt="Woman learning how much she can trust the food label" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Fat-free. Organic. All-natural. Can these claims be trusted?</p> <p>Fact: A food product with less than half a gram of fat per serving can still be <a href="http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/LabelingNutrition/ucm064911.htm">described as &quot;fat free&quot;</a> on the packaging. Same goes for &quot;sugar free.&quot; Foods labeled as having &quot;zero cholesterol&quot; need only have less than two milligrams. Clearly, the folks labeling food these days missed the memo on the absolutist nature of words like &quot;zero&quot; and &quot;free.&quot;</p> <p>Now, these are very small amounts that we're bickering about. But the verbiage, in some cases, can be misleading. It all prompts the question: What else are we being misled about?</p> <h2>Organic</h2> <p>Let's talk about organic &mdash; perhaps the biggest buzzword in food today. Research shows that many shoppers view organic food labels as no more than a big con to <a href="http://store.mintel.com/organic-food-and-beverage-shoppers-us-march-2015">get them to pay more</a> for their groceries. But the organic label appears only on foods that meet a strict set of requirements. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration polices which foods get the label and which don't. Every claim of label abuse is investigated.</p> <p>So what exactly is organic? The <a href="http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentidonly=true&amp;contentid=organic-agriculture.html">requirements to get an organic label</a> stamped on your product are as numerous as they are stringent. Here's the gist: Organic farms and processors must preserve natural resources and biodiversity, support animal health and welfare, provide animals with outdoor access, only use approved materials, refrain from using genetically modified ingredients, receive annual onsite inspections, and feed organic livestock feed that is no less than 100% organic.</p> <p>There are different levels of organic. Foods labeled &quot;100% Organic&quot; are made of only organic ingredients. The &quot;Organic&quot; label means that at least 95% of the food product's ingredients are organic. Anything labeled &quot;Made with Organic Ingredients&quot; has at least 70% certified organic ingredients.</p> <p>It's important to note that there is <a href="https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/pages/AAP-Weighs-In-For-First-Time-On-Organic-Foods-For-Children.aspx">no evidence</a> that organic foods are more nutritious than foods that are not organic.</p> <h2>All-Natural</h2> <p>Foods billed as &quot;natural&quot; or &quot;all-natural&quot; have no universal standards. Not even those produced in the U.S. This has led to lawsuits for companies like Tyson, which once marketed &quot;100% all natural chicken nuggets.&quot; There has even been a &quot;natural&quot; claim on bags of Cheetos. The &quot;natural&quot; label is one of the most contested food product claims. So when you see it, be wary. Some of those products very well may contain artificial flavors or chemical preservatives.</p> <h2>Raw</h2> <p>The &quot;raw&quot; label is not regulated by the FDA. While the FDA has the authority to investigate a false &quot;raw&quot; claim, there are no universal standards to police which foods get the label to begin with. Typically, raw foods are considered those that have not been pasteurized and have undergone very minimal or no heating and processing.</p> <h2>Fresh</h2> <p>Foods that are &quot;fresh&quot; &mdash; think fruits and vegetables &mdash; are those that are unprocessed, unheated, and unfrozen.</p> <h2>Fresh Frozen</h2> <p>Foods with this label were quickly frozen shortly after harvest and while still fresh. Frozen fruits and vegetables are among the most common foods with this label, sometimes seen as &quot;frozen fresh.&quot; (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-12-best-frozen-food-values">The 12 Best Frozen Food Values</a>)</p> <h2>Fortified</h2> <p>A food is fortified if it contains added nutrients that don't naturally exist in the product. Salt, for example, is fortified with iron to curb anemia. Milk is fortified with vitamin D, a nutrient that helps the body absorb calcium.</p> <h2>Enriched</h2> <p>Enriched foods have contain added nutrients have been lost during food processing, but exist in them naturally. Wheat sheds its B vitamins when it's processed into flour, so enriched flour has these vitamins added back in.</p> <h2>Immune System Support</h2> <p>Food products that claim to boost your immune system typically contain an array of vitamins. But companies walk a fine line when advertising health benefits without proof. Exhibit A: The company that makes Airborne, an herbal supplement, settled a class-action lawsuit in 2008 over the wording &quot;boost the immune system&quot; on product's label. A judge ruled that the label qualified as <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2008/03/04/news/companies/airborne_settlement/">false advertising</a> because there wasn't ample evidence to support such a claim. The $23 million settlement money was refunded to consumers.</p> <h2>Gluten Free</h2> <p>Foods labeled &quot;gluten free&quot; are those that contain fewer than 20 parts per million of gluten. The FDA allows manufacturers use the label if the food does not contain any of type of wheat, rye, barley, or crossbreeds of these grains. Bottled water and cherries can also be labeled &quot;gluten-free&quot; if they <a href="http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm363069.htm#gluten-free">inherently don't have any gluten</a>.</p> <h2>Sell By, Use By, Best By</h2> <p>&quot;Sell By&quot; marks the final date by which a store ought to have a food product on its shelves for purchase. This label caters more to store managers than customers, but it's a good to be aware of since the FDA does not prohibit the sale of expired foods as indicated by the label &mdash; though the agency will force the removal from shelves of foods that are dangerous. The &quot;Use By&quot; and &quot;Best By&quot; dates are interchangeable. Determined by the manufacturer, they are dates by which a product will retain its highest quality. But the food item won't necessarily go sour immediately after. In fact, it probably won't. Foods tend to remain nutritious beyond their shelf lives.</p> <h2>Serving Size</h2> <p>The FDA has guidelines for manufacturers to reference when determining a food's portion size based on the amount of that food that a person is likely to eat <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2010/01/this_pint_of_ben_jerrys_is_four_servings.html">in one sitting</a>. The metrics is based in grams. The guidelines, however, are outdated. If you think the serving size on the foods you eat seem small, you're right. The data the FDA bases its guidelines on is from the 1970s and 1980s, when Americans consumed less food than today.</p> <p>So, should you trust the label? Perhaps the best answer is sometimes. Certainly not always. The only way of knowing which claims are well-regulated and enforced from those that are little more than hot air is to educate yourself. We hope this post serves as a great jumping off point.</p> <p><em>Any other label terms we should be wary of? Please warn us in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-can-you-trust-that-food-label">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-only-15-foods-that-are-worth-buying-organic">The Only 15 Foods That Are Worth Buying Organic</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-new-face-of-poverty-is-fat">The new face of poverty is fat</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-that-are-actually-cheaper-at-whole-foods">6 Foods That Are Actually Cheaper At Whole Foods</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ethics-of-hoarding">The ethics of hoarding</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-organic-grocery-items-that-arent-worth-it">10 Organic Grocery Items That Aren&#039;t Worth It</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Food and Drink Shopping all natural fat free FDA food labels misleading organic Wed, 02 Mar 2016 11:00:10 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1662694 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Great Oils for Healthier Hair http://www.wisebread.com/7-great-oils-for-healthier-hair <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-great-oils-for-healthier-hair" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/beautiful_woman_hair_000003279498.jpg" alt="Woman finding the best oil for her hair" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Oil can be your hair's best friend. Whether you choose olive, jojoba, argan, coconut, or one of the many others out there, your hair will thank you for the instant hydration.</p> <p>After using one of these highly beneficial oils, you will notice an instant boost in the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-luxury-hair-treatments-from-your-kitchen">health and appearance of your hair</a>. It will feel softer and more moisturized, and should be easier to style. The more you use the oil, the better the results will be over time. With continued use, your hair will grow faster, longer, and healthier than ever before.</p> <h2>Starting Out With Oils</h2> <p>Oil should be used at least weekly on the hair and scalp. It can also be used more often on the ends of your hair just to keep your locks moisturized and manageable. Oil can be used on wet or dry hair, either before or after washing or styling. They can also be added directly to your deep conditioning treatments or DIY hair masks.</p> <p>Some oils, like castor oil, can be too heavy for fine hair. They are more appropriate for coarser hair types. If you aren't sure of which oil is right for your hair, start with argan, coconut, or olive oil, as they are ideal for all hair types. From there, you can play with different oils and DIY recipes to see what works best for your hair.</p> <p>Remember, the whole point of ditching your chemical-laden hair products for beneficial oils is to cut out the extra ingredients. So, it's important to go pure and natural when it comes to oils so that you can experience the maximum benefits, without any added fillers. Look for organic or all natural versions of your favorite oil at your local grocery, beauty, or specialty food store.</p> <p>Here are some types to consider.</p> <h2>1. Argan Oil</h2> <p>Argan oil comes from the kernels of the argan tree in Morocco. Moroccan <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004Z209HS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004Z209HS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=FZTWHO443OYSXXIB">argan oil</a> will make your hair healthy, shiny, and smooth. It is particularly beneficial for people with especially dry, coarse, frizzy, or bleach-damaged hair. It instantly penetrates the hair shaft to thoroughly repair each strand. It is packed with protein, vitamin E, and essential fatty acids, which can moisturize your strands, leaving them softer, thicker, and more manageable.</p> <p>The multitasking oil can also be used to cleanse and hydrate your skin and face, strengthen your nails, hydrate your cuticles, soften dry skin and cracked heels, remove makeup, and much more.</p> <h2>2. Coconut Oil</h2> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0061WKNOO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0061WKNOO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=7SRIOIZGEIKYGQNT">Coconut oil</a> comes from the meat of mature coconuts. It is packed with protein, vitamin E, fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals, all of which can help keep your hair and scalp healthy. It can instantly penetrate the hair, making it longer, stronger, shinier, thicker, more nourished, and less prone to breakage. It will moisturize, improve growth, and repair damage.</p> <p>Coconut oil is great for all hair types, including your facial hair, eyebrows, and eyelashes. In fact, with continued use, your eyebrows and lashes should appear darker, fuller, and less unruly. Coconut oil has antibacterial properties and can also be used to cleanse and hydrate your skin and face, strengthen your nails, hydrate your cuticles, and even remove makeup. It can also be ingested but you will see the fastest, most drastic results from applying it directly to your hair.</p> <h2>3. Olive Oil</h2> <p>Olive oil is produced by pressing whole olives and is full of antioxidants and vitamins A and E. If your hair has been stripped of moisture due to over-styling or chemical damage, olive oil is the one for you.</p> <p>It is ideal for anyone with a dry scalp or hair because of its moisturizing properties. It can improve growth by penetrating the hair to reverse damage and moisturize each strand. Your hair will look stronger, shinier, and healthier after every use. Olive oil works for most hair types, even fine, so if you are new to oils, or don't have many other oils in your kitchen or bathroom cabinet, then olive oil will do the trick. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties, which can help prevent and treat dandruff. You can also enjoy some of the benefits by using olive oil to cook with, but you will notice more substantial results from applying it directly to your hair and scalp.</p> <h2>4. Castor Oil</h2> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0013YYNDM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0013YYNDM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=PKG4F72H6LHJOWSQ">Castor oil</a> is especially ideal for anyone looking to grow their hair. It is obtained from castor beans and is packed with essential fatty acids and vitamin E, and can help make your hair grow quickly. It is especially ideal for dry or coarser hair types because of its intense moisturization and conditioning properties.</p> <p>Along with helping to reverse hair loss, every time you use this oil, your hair will look thicker, shinier, stronger, softer, and will be more manageable. It can also moisturize the scalp, prevent split ends, put a stop to dandruff, and repair damage. Castor oil is also a great treatment for your eyebrows and eyelashes. With continued use, they will be darker, thicker, and less unruly.</p> <h2>5. Macadamia Oil</h2> <p>Macadamia oil is intended only for the hair. It comes from the macadamia nut and can restore dry and damaged strands from the inside out. If your hair has been subjected to a lot of heat or chemical treatments, then this restorative oil has the antioxidants and healthy fats necessary to help your hair repair itself. Your hair will appear shinier, tangle and frizz free, softer, thicker, and more manageable.</p> <p>This is one of the most intensive oils available, so it is intended for very dry or damaged hair (it can also help make your hair dry faster). <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00M8FCTOA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00M8FCTOA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=QNBDOPRQLE4AUHLJ">Macadamia oil</a> can also be ingested, but you will see the fastest, most drastic results from applying it directly to your hair.</p> <h2>6. Jojoba Oil</h2> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GJX58PE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00GJX58PE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=SASPSLFGDRCKPTYO">Jojoba oil</a> is a colorless, odorless oil that can help moisturize your scalp, so it is ideal for people with dandruff or a dry scalp. It's great for dry or damaged hair because it will moisturize every strand, leaving your hair feeling thicker, softer, healthier, shinier, more manageable, and more hydrated. It can also help with hair growth and a sunburned or sensitive scalp. The multitasking oil can also be used to cleanse and hydrate your skin and face.</p> <h2>7. Lavender Essential Oil</h2> <p>Lavender essential oil is made by harvesting the lavender flowers to extract the essential oils. It is intended for all hair types and can be used on its own or added to a carrier oil, like argan oil or olive oil, for greater benefits.</p> <p>Massaging <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QQOERJE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00QQOERJE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=U5GILC6FDP72ZN2I">lavender essential oil</a> into your scalp can reduce hair loss and promote growth by stimulating your scalp and enhancing blood circulation. It will leave your hair healthier and shinier, making it especially ideal for dry or damaged hair. It is also recommended for people with dandruff or an itchy scalp because it can treat these issues in no time. The soothing scented oil can also help with insomnia, headaches, and can even be used to cleanse and hydrate your skin and face.</p> <h2>8. Hot Oil Treatments</h2> <p>For the fastest, most effective results, you'll want to try a hot oil treatment. This simple DIY treatment will leave your hair softer, stronger, and healthier. You can also take staple oils (like castor oil or olive oil) and mix them with a bit of coconut oil, avocado oil, almond oil, or tea tree oil for a custom hair growth blend. You can also purchase a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008F5FOHQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008F5FOHQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=VLC3RF7KCO7C6KIW">hot oil self-heating hair treatment</a> for instant results, but the DIY solution may be just as effective and much more affordable.</p> <p>To DIY the hot oil treatment, simply place your oil(s) in a bowl and into the microwave for 10 second intervals until the oil is hot, but cool enough for you to handle. Using your fingertips, massage the oil into your scalp and all the way down to your ends. Leave the oil on for anywhere from 20 minutes to two hours, depending on how badly damaged or how coarse your hair is. You may need to shampoo twice to get all of the oil out, and then condition and style as normal.</p> <p>Many people have seen a drastic increase in hair growth and strength by adding a scalp massage to their hot oil treatment. In fact, it is scientifically proven that scalp massages can improve the flow of blood into the scalp, stimulating hair follicles and boosting hair growth. Gently massage your scalp in a circular motion using the warm oil. If possible, flip your head upside down when you do this as this can help boost circulation, stimulate the hair follicles, and make your hair grow even more quickly.</p> <p><em>What are the best oils for your hair? Please share your thoughts in the comments!</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-great-oils-for-healthier-hair&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Great%2520Oils%2520for%2520Healthier%2520Hair.jpg&amp;description=7%20Great%20Oils%20for%20Healthier%20Hair"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Great%20Oils%20for%20Healthier%20Hair.jpg" alt="7 Great Oils for Healthier Hair" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-great-oils-for-healthier-hair">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-shampoos-for-frizzy-hair">The 5 Best Shampoos for Frizzy Hair</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-growth-supplements">The 5 Best Hair Growth Supplements</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-growth-products-for-men">The 5 Best Hair Growth Products for Men</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-growth-products-for-women">The 5 Best Hair Growth Products for Women</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hair-conditioners-you-can-make-at-home">5 Hair Conditioners You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty all natural frizzy hair hair care hair growth oils organic split ends Thu, 22 Oct 2015 15:16:52 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1593786 at http://www.wisebread.com The 7 Most Outrageously Expensive Whole Foods Products http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-most-outrageously-expensive-whole-foods-products <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-7-most-outrageously-expensive-whole-foods-products" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/whole_foods_store_000025870844.jpg" alt="Discovering the most expensive items at Whole Foods" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When it rains, it pours.</p> <p>Not only is Whole Foods losing ground to other major grocery chains with cheaper organic and socially conscious offerings, but Whole Foods has also been slammed twice (first by <a href="http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/07/whole-foods-fined-for-overcharging-customers/index.htm">California authorities</a> and then by <a href="http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2015/06/whole-foods-under-fire-for-overcharging-customers/index.htm">New York authorities</a>) for overcharging its customers.</p> <p>The CEOs of Whole Foods have openly admitted that some of their stores <a href="http://time.com/3944156/whole-foods-admits-overcharging/">overcharged their customers</a> in New York City and California for certain items. So to help you avoid spending your &quot;Whole Paycheck,&quot; here are seven of the most outrageously expensive Whole Foods products to be wary of next time you're strolling their aisles.</p> <h2>1. Chicken Tenders</h2> <p>You may be thinking, &quot;Come on, good ol' chicken tenders are neither exotic nor fancy! How can they be that expensive at Whole Foods?&quot; And at $9.99 per pound of chicken tenders, this Whole Food product may seem harmless.</p> <p>However, an investigation of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) in New York City found that customers were <a href="http://www1.nyc.gov/site/dca/media/pr062415.page">overcharged by $4.13</a>, on average. From its sample, one package of chicken tenders was overpriced by $4.85. Now that's some expensive &quot;air!&quot;</p> <h2>2. Air Plants</h2> <p>Air can be very expensive indeed at Whole Foods. Take for example, these air plants that cost <a href="http://instagram.com/p/1WQzuowlTX/">$69.99 each</a> at their store in Atlanta, Georgia. The main selling point of these southeast succulents is that they are grown locally. However, you could find similar local plants at a nearby Pike Nursery for just a few dollars.</p> <h2>3. Morel Mushrooms</h2> <p>Let's talk about the Cadillac of mushrooms. Morel mushrooms command a premium because they are hard to cultivate (only grow on decaying organic material, mostly in forests after a fire), to pick (some states require a permit to pick morel mushrooms in national forests), and to distribute (very perishable).</p> <p>There are premiums and there is the Whole Foods premium. Depending on type of morel mushroom, availability, location, and quality, you could expect to pay between <a href="http://twitter.com/benreaux/status/482554623195357184">$249.99 per pound</a> and <a href="http://twitter.com/gfallar/status/460229043653447680">$421.99 per pound</a> of morel mushrooms at Whole Foods! For example, this cook found morel mushrooms at <a href="http://twitter.com/thecookingguy/status/319822885818621953">$320 per pound</a> at Whole Foods Del Mar in San Diego.</p> <h2>4. Emu Eggs</h2> <p>If you think that the most expensive type of egg that you can you find at Whole Foods is the one laid by a free-range chicken that has access to a pasture environment, eats organic feed, receives a diet supplement with omega-3 essential fatty acids, and is raised with roosters&hellip; then you haven't heard of emu eggs.</p> <p>Local emu eggs to be more exact. Shoppers have spotted these green, prehistoric-looking eggs at Whole Foods starting at <a href="http://twitter.com/meganspecia/status/421723521698373632">$29.99 per unit</a> and reaching <a href="http://twitter.com/LilSolarSystem/status/584794154229698560">$34.99 per unit</a>.</p> <h2>5. Saffron</h2> <p>At $65 for the highest quality crop, saffron can demand a higher price than that for gold. Some Iranian saffron producers report prices of <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2015/06/08/news/iran-saffron-red-gold/">$2,000 per kilo</a> (roughly 2.2 pounds).</p> <p>At some Whole Foods stores, you can find this expensive spice at <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/life/shopping/2010/10/pomegranate_juice_999_truffle_oil_2599_.single.html">$3,196 per pound</a>. This means that $7.99 would get you only 0.0025 pounds of saffron!</p> <h2>6. Anything With Kale</h2> <p>People often taunt Whole Foods about its ridiculous products. The most cited example is anything that is born out of the kale craze. While fresh kale has an average retail price of $2.81 per pound, anything kale-ified at Whole Foods gets a hefty premium.</p> <p>Here are some examples of Kale-steins that are 100% real:</p> <ul> <li>Chicken lemon kale sausage at <a href="http://twitter.com/NoraZuckerman/status/310537507005685760">$6.59 per pound</a>;</li> <li>California ornamental kale at <a href="http://twitter.com/AlexaMKissinger/status/397047264859807744">$5.99 per bunch</a>; and</li> <li>Kaleamole at <a href="https://twitter.com/jbdunne/status/285827319426338816">$7.99 per pound</a>.</li> </ul> <h2>7. Asparagus Water</h2> <p>A cartoon about a <a href="http://www.familyhappiness.com/whole-paycheck-whole-foods">probiotic asparagus</a> at $17.99 per bunch may have been too prophetic. In a true case of life imitating art, a Whole Foods store in California recently came up with &quot;<a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2015/08/05/whole-foods-oops-asparagus-water-mistake/31152405/">asparagus water</a>&quot; (three stalks of asparagus in a bottle of water) and decided to charge $5.99 per 16 fl. oz. bottle.</p> <p>People on social media were quick to call out Whole Foods about this outrageous idea, and a spokesperson explained that the product was made incorrectly and has since been pulled from shelves.</p> <p>Now to be fair: certain foods are actually <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-that-are-actually-cheaper-at-whole-foods">cheaper at Whole Foods</a>. Just make sure you're not washing them down with asparagus water.</p> <p><em>What outrageously priced products from Whole Foods have you spotted?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-most-outrageously-expensive-whole-foods-products">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-smart-shoppers-will-save-at-amazons-whole-foods">How Smart Shoppers Will Save at Amazon&#039;s Whole Foods</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-only-15-foods-that-are-worth-buying-organic">The Only 15 Foods That Are Worth Buying Organic</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-9-everyday-products-with-the-biggest-markups">The 9 Everyday Products With the Biggest Markups</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/shopping-at-whole-foods-12-smart-ways-to-save">Shopping at Whole Foods: 12 Smart Ways to Save</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-that-are-actually-cheaper-at-whole-foods">6 Foods That Are Actually Cheaper At Whole Foods</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Shopping grocery shopping organic overcharging overpriced Whole Foods Wed, 09 Sep 2015 11:00:57 +0000 Damian Davila 1548092 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Foods That Are Actually Cheaper At Whole Foods http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-that-are-actually-cheaper-at-whole-foods <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-foods-that-are-actually-cheaper-at-whole-foods" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/whole_foods_000031911792.jpg" alt="Food that is cheaper at whole foods than other grocery stores" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Whole Foods is working hard to shake off its reputation as &quot;Whole Paycheck.&quot;</p> <p>And now that more and more major chains are increasing their offering of organic and socially responsible food items, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/shopping-at-whole-foods-12-smart-ways-to-save">Whole Foods</a> is lowering its prices to prove that it doesn't cost an arm or leg to shop at its stores.</p> <p>Here are the six things that are actually cheaper at Whole Foods than most major food chains.</p> <h2>1. Canned Organic Black Beans</h2> <p>Food bloggers started noting that a can of organic black beans was <a href="http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/1241287/think_whole_foods_is_for_those_with_fat_pocketbooks_think/">cheaper at Whole Food</a> as early as 2008. <a href="http://cookforgood.com/blog/2011/10/18/canned-bean-smackdown-eden-vs-whole-foods.html">Additional price comparisons</a> in subsequent years have continued to confirm the lower price of canned organic black beans at Whole Foods than at major grocery chains. For example, in July 2015 at a Whole Foods store in Honolulu, I found a 15 oz. can of 365 Organic Black Beans for $1.99, which was 40 cents cheaper than a 15 oz. can of Safeway's Organics Black Beans at a nearby location.</p> <h2>2. Vegetarian Sausage Links</h2> <p>Deals site Cheapism compared the prices of items at a Whole Foods on Long Island, New York against those with a nearby ShopRite. One of the items that stands out is a <a href="http://www.cheapism.com/blog/3403/whats-cheap-at-whole-foods">14-ounce pack of Tofurkey</a> vegan sausage links.</p> <p>The price of the 14 oz. pack of Tofurky vegan sausage links was just $2.99 at the Whole Foods store, while the price for the same product at the ShopRite store was a whopping $5.49. That's savings of almost 40 cents per ounce, or $2.50 per pack!</p> <p>I couldn't find the 14 oz. pack of Tofurky vegan sausage links at the Safeway store, so I wasn't able to do an apples-to-apples comparison with my local Whole Foods. However, the store was running specials on this item ranging from two-for-$7 to two-for-$9.</p> <h2>3. Organic Milk</h2> <p>As a Hawaii resident, this is one price I had to check out. A comparison of prices in the Seattle area between a Whole Foods (365 Everyday Value brand) and a nearby Safeway (O Organics brand) revealed that a gallon of organic milk <a href="http://www.cheapism.com/cheap-whole-foods-products">costs 30 cents less</a> at Whole Foods.</p> <p>Another price comparison in Nashville, Tennessee put Whole Food's price of a gallon of organic milk at a much lower $3.69, beating Harris Teeter, Kroger, Trader Joe's, and even Walmart by at least $1. Surprisingly, Walmart had the highest price for a gallon of organic milk at $6.48.</p> <p>Neither Safeway nor Whole Foods carry gallons of organic milk in Honolulu. At the Whole Foods in Honolulu, I found a half gallon of Organic Valley organic milk for $6.99. On the other hand, the same half gallon cost $8.29 at the nearby Safeway. Also, I found that a half gallon of Horizon Organic organic milk was cheaper at Whole Foods ($6.29) than at Safeway ($7.99).</p> <p>Given the lower prices of milk in 2015, you may be able to score even cheaper organic milk prices at your local Whole Foods. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-buys-that-will-be-cheaper-in-2015?ref=seealso">8 Buys That Will Be Cheaper in 2015</a>)</p> <h2>4. Extra Virgin Olive Oil</h2> <p>Here's an item that is guaranteed to provide big savings.</p> <p>No matter whether it's organic or conventional extra virgin oil (cold processed), Whole Foods olive oil is cheaper.</p> <ul> <li>A 33.8 oz. bottle of organic extra virgin oil (cold processed) was <a href="http://www.cheapism.com/whole-foods-prices">$4 cheaper</a> at a Whole Foods store ($12.99) in Seattle than a nearby Safeway store ($16.99).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>A 33.8 oz. bottle of conventional extra virgin oil (cold processed) was also $4 cheaper at the same Whole Foods store ($7.99) than at the nearby Safeway store ($7.99).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>In Nashville, Tennessee, the 33.88 oz. bottle of conventional olive oil was also several dollars cheaper than at Harris, Teeter, Kroger, and Walmart.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>In Honolulu, a 33.8 oz. bottle of organic extra virgin oil (cold processed) was $4 cheaper at Whole Foods ($11.99) than at nearby Safeway ($15.99).</li> </ul> <h2>5. Almonds</h2> <p>Pound for pound, almonds are the savings winner at Whole Foods.</p> <ul> <li>A pound of whole almonds were at least $2 cheaper than at Harris Teeter, Kroger, and Walmart.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>$5.99 would get you just nine ounces of Snack Artist-brand almonds at Safeway, but a <a href="http://www.cheapism.com/whole-foods-deals">full 16 ounces</a> of 365 Everyday Value almonds at Whole Foods.</li> </ul> <p>Several sites report that you can obtain similar savings with most types of nuts, such as cashews.</p> <p>(Disclaimer: the Safeway store that I visited in July 2015 didn't have almonds available on that day, so I couldn't compare its prices to Whole Foods.)</p> <h2>6. Taco Tuesday</h2> <p>Besides its wide selection of natural and organic items, one of the main draws to Whole Foods is the selection of yummy prepared foods. If you're looking for one of the cheapest prepared food options at a major grocery chain, then look no further than Whole Foods $1 Taco Tuesday.</p> <p>Several locations, such as Pasadena and Thousand Oaks in California, and Kahala in Hawaii, have offered or continue to offer soft tortilla, street style tacos at $1 each on Tuesdays.</p> <p>At Kahala, you can choose your main filling from hormone and antibiotic-free chicken, pork, or veggies, and you can pick pico de gallo, raw onions, cilantro, and hot sauce toppings. You get two small corn tortillas per taco, which are quite loaded. This writer reports that three of these soft tacos are enough to satisfy your Mexican food fix.</p> <p>These six items show that, if you look carefully, your buck can go a longer way at Whole Foods than at other major chains.</p> <p><em>What are other things that are actually cheaper at Whole Foods than most major chains?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-smart-shoppers-will-save-at-amazons-whole-foods">How Smart Shoppers Will Save at Amazon&#039;s Whole Foods</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-hot-new-food-trends-the-frugal-way">8 Hot New Food Trends — The Frugal Way</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-a-ton-by-eating-soup-every-day-and-never-get-bored">How to Save a Ton by Eating Soup Every Day (and Never Get Bored!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-organic-grocery-items-that-arent-worth-it">10 Organic Grocery Items That Aren&#039;t Worth It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/shop-the-salad-bar-and-other-ways-to-save-big-on-groceries">Shop the Salad Bar and Other Ways to Save Big on Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping groceries organic price comparisons saving money Whole Foods Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:00:16 +0000 Damian Davila 1493878 at http://www.wisebread.com The 6 Best Natural Sunscreens http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-best-natural-sunscreens <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-6-best-natural-sunscreens" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mother_daughter_beach_000023507881.jpg" alt="Mother using natural sunscreen on daughter&#039;s face" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We're in the thick of summer now &mdash; have you found <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-sunscreens">a good sunscreen</a> yet? Of course, wearing sun protection is important all year round. And since we rub it directly into our skin, we want to make sure it's the safest, most effective cream it can be. Here are a few of the top skin-friendly sunscreens on the market, their reviews, and some pros and cons for each.</p> <p>To see your favorite formula's rating, check out the Environmental Working Group (EGW)'s <a href="http://www.ewg.org/2015sunscreen/">2015 Guide to Sunscreens</a>.</p> <h2>1. Del Mar Shade (SPF 32)</h2> <p>4.4 stars with 83 reviews</p> <p><strong>Price</strong>: $19.97 for 4 oz.</p> <p>USA-made <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R1WNPIE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00R1WNPIE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=RMDSD5XAUKASSV7Y">Del Mar Shade</a> sunscreen is organic, fragrance-free, biodegradable, and safe for wearers of all ages &mdash; even babies under six months old. The non-nano, not-micronized zinc oxide helps absorb up to 97% of UV rays across the UVA and UVB spectrums. Many reviewers, even those who rave about this product, complain that it's hard to rub in fully and leaves white, chalky residue. But if you're unhappy with this sunscreen, the company offers a 100% money back guarantee. Certainly worth a try!</p> <h2>2. Babyganics Sunscreen (SPF 50)</h2> <p>4.3 stars with 180 reviews</p> <p><strong>Price</strong>: $15.98 for 12 oz.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HYV2F7E/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00HYV2F7E&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=UDGOYVNMTLTFONZJ">Babyganics</a> offers water-resistant sun protection for 80 minutes. This mix is tear-free and hypoallergenic, so it won't irritate sensitive skin. It's also reasonably priced. A reviewer noted that this popular mineral-based sunscreen does actually contain chemicals. The company replied that the ingredient &mdash; octisalate &mdash; has been rated safe by the EWG and doesn't pose cancer concerns. For a truly chemical-free sun lotion from this brand, try the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CQ0678G/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00CQ0678G&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WVT5OCO3ROGWPHVB">Pure Mineral Sunscreen</a> in SPF 30.</p> <h2>3. Badger Sport (SPF 35)</h2> <p>3.6 stars with 196 reviews</p> <p><strong>Price</strong>: $13.59 for 3 oz.</p> <p>Talk about simple! There are only six ingredients in this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Badger-Sport-Sunscreen-Cream-Certified/dp/B00J4F7W94/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1436383600&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=badger+sport">Badger Sport</a> sunscreen. It's also 100% certified natural and 94% certified organic. All Badger sunscreens rate highly, including formulas for babies and kids, but this particular mix is unscented and made for sports with 80-minute water resistance. I have personal experience with this product, and though it works well at helping me avoid burns, it can feel greasy.</p> <h2>4. BurnOut Eco (SPF 35)</h2> <p>4 stars with 184 reviews</p> <p><strong>Price</strong>: $15.50 for 3 oz.</p> <p>If you have sensitive skin, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001B9RGVU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001B9RGVU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WIR7XP3YU6KBPT5L">BurnOut Eco</a> promises to be a great sunscreen for everyday wear. The lotion goes on clear and matte with UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection. Its formula is also free of chemicals, parabens, petroleum, and fragrances, all while being eco-sensitive, ocean safe, and biodegradable. Some reviewers complain that BurnOut is only water resistant for 40 minutes and stings their eyes. Also: It can leave skin feeling somewhat dry.</p> <h2>5. Blue Lizard Sensitive (SPF 30+)</h2> <p>4.6 stars with 273 reviews</p> <p><strong>Price</strong>: $24.50 for 8.75 oz.</p> <p>Dermatologist-recommended and Amazon number one bestseller <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003AVNK0S/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003AVNK0S&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=EESMWOTLIOV3F5SH">Blue Lizard</a> sunscreen gets high marks for its clever packaging. Whenever harmful rays are present, its label turns blue to let you know. This gentle formula contains 10% zinc oxide and 5% titanium dioxide to shield even the most sensitive skin. Several reviewers mention that this sunscreen is not waterproof or even water resistant, so it will need to be reapplied often for optimal protection.</p> <h2>6. Thinkbaby Safe (SPF 50+)</h2> <p>4.3 stars with 625 reviews</p> <p><strong>Price</strong>: $10.99 for 3 oz.</p> <p>Another Amazon bestseller, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004CDQ73K/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004CDQ73K&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=GXZWZRFS4XRMULHK">Thinkbaby Safe</a> is a highly rated sunscreen for your little ones. The brand, like others on this list, also boasts the highest 80 minute water resistance rating. And just because it's marketed for babies doesn't mean adults can't (and don't) wear it, too. A few reviewers report that their sunscreen separated into solid chunks and thin liquid.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite sunscreen?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-best-natural-sunscreens">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-new-face-of-poverty-is-fat">The new face of poverty is fat</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-sunblock-and-6-other-non-toxic-recipes-to-get-your-skin-sun-ready">Homemade Sunblock and 6 Other Non-Toxic Recipes to Get Your Skin Sun-Ready</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-sunscreens">The 5 Best Sunscreens</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-to-remember-when-choosing-natural-products">5 Things to Remember When Choosing Natural Products</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sun-screens-can-really-cost-you-by-the-ounce-and-by-the-tumor">Sun Screens Can Really Cost You – By the Ounce or By the Tumor</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Shopping all-natural organic sunblock sunburn sunscreen uva uvb Wed, 22 Jul 2015 17:00:12 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1493824 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Organic Groceries on a Budget http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-organic-groceries-on-a-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-organic-groceries-on-a-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_organic_groceries_000063413487.jpg" alt="Woman buying organic groceries on a budget" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles how to shop organic on a budget, 1-minute habits that will improve your day, and ways to make household items last longer.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/spending/T050-C011-S001-best-places-to-buy-organic-food-on-a-budget.html">How to Shop Organic (Even at Whole Foods) Without Going Broke</a> &mdash; Check out warehouse stores like BJ's, Sam's Club, or Costco if you need to buy organic in bulk. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Tasks-Only-Take-1-Minute-37334761">20 1-Minute Habits That Will Make Your Day Better</a> &mdash; Get your heart pumping! Do 60 jumping jacks in a cardio minute. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://canadianfinanceblog.com/how-to-make-household-items-last-longer/">How to Make Household Items Last Longer</a> &mdash; Just like plugged-in electronics, battery-powered things will drain the battery even when you're not using it. So, take the batteries out if you know you won't need it for a while. [Canadian Finance Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://couponpal.com/blog/5-bad-online-habits-that-put-you-at-risk">5 Bad Online Habits That Put You At Risk</a> &mdash; Don't do your shopping or banking in public networks. Anyone can access the free WiFi at your local coffee shop and it's easy for a hacker to get your personal information through an unsecured connection.&nbsp;[CouponPal]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0503/Do-it-yourself-house-painting-not-so-simple-but-rewarding">Do-it-yourself house-painting: not so simple, but rewarding</a> &mdash; Painting your house the right way requires a lot of prep; skipping one of these steps may lower the quality of the end product. [The Monitor]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/internet-security-threats-new-types-of-malware/">Internet Security Threats: A Million New Types of Malware Released Every 24 Hours</a> &mdash; You can get malware on mobile devices, too. Symantec found that nearly one in every five Android apps were malware in disguise. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/americans-spending-weddings-married-budget.html">Americans are spending how much on weddings?! Here&rsquo;s how we had a blast on a budget on our big day</a> &mdash; Instead of a traditional wedding cake, you can serve homemade desserts and family favorites. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thousandaire.com/looking-for-passive-income-here-are-some-things-to-consider/">Looking for passive income? Here are some things to consider.</a> &mdash; Certain passive income options (like rental properties) actually require a lot of work and may not be a good fit for everyone. [Thousandaire]</p> <p><a href="http://www.listenmoneymatters.com/personal-finance-by-the-decade/">Personal Finance By The Decade</a> &mdash; Try to have your student loans paid off by the time you're in your thirties. [Listen Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://www.aspiringmillionaire.com/2015/05/family-entertainment-on-budget.html">Family Entertainment on A Budget</a> &mdash; Schedule one night a week as family night, where everyone is home for board games, crafts, kid-friendly science experiences &mdash; whatever your family wants to do! [Aspiring Millionaire]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-organic-groceries-on-a-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/horizon-organic-milk-is-it-all-just-lies">Horizon Organic Milk: Is it All Just Lies?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-only-15-foods-that-are-worth-buying-organic">The Only 15 Foods That Are Worth Buying Organic</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/deciding-which-produce-to-buy-organic-the-dirty-dozen">Deciding Which Produce to Buy Organic - The Dirty Dozen</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-shop-for-food-cheaply-without-a-tedious-grocery-list">Grocery Shopping for the Cheap and Lazy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/baby-carrots-the-frugal-idea-that-isnt">Baby Carrots: The Frugal Idea That Isn&#039;t</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips organic Tue, 12 May 2015 19:00:10 +0000 Amy Lu 1420383 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Foods That Are Only Labeled Organic — But Really Aren't http://www.wisebread.com/5-foods-that-are-only-labeled-organic-but-really-arent <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-foods-that-are-only-labeled-organic-but-really-arent" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/organic_veggies_000024751662.jpg" alt="Woman shopping for organic produce that is not just labeled organic" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There's a peculiar practice that breeds corruption in the American food labeling industry: The companies that certify foods as organic are paid by the very farms they certify. And since the certifiers are in competition with one another, the conditions are ripe for what's known as <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/07/23/334073167/can-you-trust-that-organic-label-on-imported-food">organic fraud</a>. As Peter Laufer, author of &quot;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0762790717/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0762790717&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=AFMNTRIQIK7OC2G6">Organic: A Journalist's Quest to Discover the Truth Behind Food Labeling</a>,&quot; explains, &quot;If the inspection is a little harsh, the company or the farm could say, 'Hey, there are other places I can do business with that wouldn't put me through this kind of rigor.'&quot;</p> <p>We've all got to eat. But if it's organic eats that you're looking for, you should know that a certified organic label doesn't necessarily mean the food you're getting is organic. And the type of fraud discussed by Laufer isn't the only culprit. Read on for our roundup of the most common foods that are only labeled organic &mdash; but really aren't. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-health-foods-not-worth-the-money?ref=seealso">11 Health Foods Not Worth the Money</a>)</p> <h2>1. Bananas</h2> <p>Bananas that are certified organic and grown in tropical countries like Ecuador may have been sprayed with rotenone, a toxic pesticide derived from the roots of several tropical and subtropical plants. Classified as &quot;mildly hazardous&quot; by the World Health Organization, rotenone has been linked to <a href="http://civileats.com/2014/08/18/organic-vs-organic-how-much-does-certification-matter/">Parkinson's disease in farm workers</a>. The pesticide was outlawed for use on crops in the U.S. in 2007, but it is still permitted for use on organic produce abroad, and is perhaps most commonly used on bananas.</p> <h2>2. Milk</h2> <p>Organic milk certifiers are not required to test for <a href="http://www.usda.gov/oig/webdocs/01601-0001-Te.pdf">genetically modified organisms</a>, according to a federal audit that questions whether milk marketed as organic is indeed truly organic. Without testing, the report concludes that &quot;...There cannot be reasonable assurance that certifiers are identifying and ensuring that GM material is not contaminating organic feed and forage.&quot; This is not to say that all organic milk is contaminated, but the carton in your refrigerator very well may be.</p> <h2>3. Seafood</h2> <p>If you've ever seen a package of seafood labeled as organic in your local market &mdash; beware. Currently, there is no U.S. government-approved <a href="http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/common-resources/fish/seafood/labeling/organic-seafood-fact-or-fiction/">organic seafood</a>. Organic labels sometimes appear on seafood based on criteria set by a private certification company or in accordance with standards set by foreign governments. But these alternative certification systems typically fall short of U.S. organic standards when it comes to other foods. So there's little reason to believe that seafood labeled as organic is up to par with would-be American organic seafood standards, if we had any.</p> <h2>4. Eggs</h2> <p>Hens must have access to the outdoors in order for their eggs to meet the USDA guidelines for organic egg production. But often they don't. In a recent example, one of <a href="http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2014/12/dispute_over_organic_label_pit.html">Michigan's largest egg producers</a> did not provide its birds with the freedom to roam outside, yet the farm's eggs still received the organic stamp of approval. &quot;There are hundreds of certified organic egg producers that allow their animals to have access to the outdoors,&quot; says Mark Kastel, co-director of The Cornucopia Institute. &quot;Sadly, the majority of eggs that are sold as organic are coming from facilities (that don't).&quot;</p> <h2>5. Strawberries</h2> <p>When organic strawberries are first planted, their growth is aided by the <a href="http://www.revealnews.org/article-legacy/even-organic-strawberries-are-grown-with-dangerous-pesticides/">use of fumigants</a>, a type of pesticide that has been linked to cancer and developmental problems in the farmhands who plant them. Despite these horrific side effects, farmers rely on fumigants to ward off pests and diseases that might otherwise wipe out an entire crop. But so long as these fumigant-treated strawberry plants mature on an organic farm, they can still be certified as organic.</p> <p><em>Do you buy any of these &quot;organic&quot; foods?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-foods-that-are-only-labeled-organic-but-really-arent">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/horizon-organic-milk-is-it-all-just-lies">Horizon Organic Milk: Is it All Just Lies?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-organic-grocery-items-that-arent-worth-it">10 Organic Grocery Items That Aren&#039;t Worth It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-your-apple-dangerous-how-to-eat-fewer-pesticides-and-save-money">Is Your Apple Dangerous? How to Eat Fewer Pesticides (and Save Money)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-much-can-you-trust-that-food-label">How Much Can You Trust That Food Label?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/less-corn-planted-despite-ethanol">Less corn planted, despite ethanol</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Consumer Affairs Food and Drink fraud gmos organic pesticides USDA Mon, 06 Apr 2015 15:24:22 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1368003 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Organic Grocery Items That Aren't Worth It http://www.wisebread.com/10-organic-grocery-items-that-arent-worth-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-organic-grocery-items-that-arent-worth-it" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/roasted corn.jpg" alt="roast corn" title="roast corn" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you're like me, you buy organic because you believe it's good for you (fewer chemicals in your body and more nutrients in the food) and good for the environment (fewer pesticides sprayed on crops). But it's also expensive. So the question is: what kinds of foods can you get away with buying non-organic? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-only-15-foods-that-are-worth-buying-organic?ref=seealso">The Only 15 Foods That Are Worth Buying Organic</a>)</p> <p>Here are 10 foods for which you can skip the organic and buy conventional instead.</p> <h2>1. Maple Syrup</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/maple%20syrup%20bottles.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>While you should buy pure maple syrup instead of maple-flavored &quot;syrup,&quot; it doesn't have to be organic. The same process is used to produce both <a href="http://andersonsmaplesyrup.com/index.php?page=organic_nonorganic">organic and non-organic maple syrup</a> and most non-organic syrup is made without pesticides or chemicals.</p> <h2>2. Seafood</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/raw%20salmon.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The USDA currently has <a href="http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/common-resources/fish/seafood/labeling/organic-seafood-fact-or-fiction/">no organic standards for seafood</a>, so if you see seafood labeled as &quot;organic,&quot; beware. The label doesn't mean it adheres to any U.S. standards.</p> <h2>3. Quinoa</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/quinoa%20blueberries.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Quinoa has a bitter-tasting coating that's not appealing to pests, so most&nbsp;<a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/shopping-storing/food/non-organic-food/non-organic-quinoa">quinoa growers skip pesticides</a>. Although there's a chance a farmer might spray a quinoa crop, it's unlikely. So, go ahead and buy conventional quinoa, since it's unlikely to have unhealthy chemicals.</p> <h2>4. Grapefruit Juice</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/grapefruit-juice-Dollarphotoclub_67204155.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Since grapefruit has a thick skin, most pesticides don't penetrate the fruit inside. You can skip organic grapefruit juice.</p> <h2>5. Avocados</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/avocados%20bunch.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>You've probably noticed that organic avocados aren't that much more expensive than conventional ones. The reason? Like grapefruit, given their skin, growing organic avocados isn't that much more difficult than growing conventional avocados.</p> <h2>6. Most Tropical Fruit</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/kiwis.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>The Environmental Working Group (EWG) came up with a <a href="http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/">&quot;Clean 15&quot;</a> &mdash; 15 types of produce that have lower pesticides. Over 25% of this list was made up of tropical fruit. Pineapple, mango, papaya, and kiwi are all types of produce shown to have fewer pesticides.</p> <h2>7. Frozen Peas</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/frozen%20peas.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>My toddler son loves to eat frozen peas (and specifically to eat them still frozen.) We almost always tried to buy them organic, believing these to be better for him. Imagine my surprise to find out that they are also part of EWG's Clean 15.</p> <h2>8. Corn</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/roasted%20corn.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Corn is another item I was surprised to see on EWG's list of produce with fewer pesticides. While they say there are fewer pesticides, remember that organic certification also means that the item is not genetically modified. So, if you are only choosing organic items to lower your exposure to pesticides, it's fine to buy conventional corn. But if you want to avoid genetically modified foods, then buy organic corn.</p> <h2>9. The 3 Cs: Cantaloupe, Cabbage, Cauliflower</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/cantalopes.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>One of the guidelines in knowing when to choose organic over conventional is whether you eat the skin. If you eat the skin, it's usually best to buy organic. With cantaloupe you don't eat the skin &mdash; so perhaps that's one reason it made the EWG Clean 15 list. But cabbage and cauliflower were also part of EWG's Clean 15. So a good way to remember these items is &quot;the 3 Cs.&quot;</p> <h2>10. Onions</h2> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/onions%20bunch.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p>Since they're a staple of everything from meatloaf to stir fry, you might assume it's best to buy organic onions. Not so. Conventional onions have fewer pesticides than many other foods, partially due to the layers of outer skin that you peel away, so you can skip organic. Further, at least according to one study, organically grown onions do <a href="http://www.foodnavigator.com/Science/Organically-grown-carrots-and-onions-match-conventionally-grown-antioxidant-levels">not offer any more nutrients</a> than conventionally grown.</p> <p><em>Do you mix and match conventionally grown produce and organically grow? How do you decide?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/elizabeth-lang">Elizabeth Lang</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-organic-grocery-items-that-arent-worth-it">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-your-apple-dangerous-how-to-eat-fewer-pesticides-and-save-money">Is Your Apple Dangerous? How to Eat Fewer Pesticides (and Save Money)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-that-are-actually-cheaper-at-whole-foods">6 Foods That Are Actually Cheaper At Whole Foods</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-off-season-foods-that-are-destroying-your-grocery-budget">5 Off-Season Foods That Are Destroying Your Grocery Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-buy-organic-and-still-be-frugal">8 Ways to Buy Organic and Still Be Frugal</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-5-credit-cards-for-groceries">The Best Credit Cards for Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping conventional groceries organic pesticides produce Tue, 10 Feb 2015 22:00:06 +0000 Elizabeth Lang 1286277 at http://www.wisebread.com The Only 15 Foods That Are Worth Buying Organic http://www.wisebread.com/the-only-15-foods-that-are-worth-buying-organic <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-only-15-foods-that-are-worth-buying-organic" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-organic-food-shopping-Dollarphotoclub_62700198.jpg" alt="woman organic food shopping" title="woman organic food shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In a perfect world, all food would be organic and we would all be able to afford it. Instead we're faced with awkward produce-aisle decisions every time we step foot into a grocery store &mdash; is this worth paying $.50, $1, $5 more? What are the health implications, and is organic equally important across the board?</p> <p>Let's get real here: most organic food has not been proven to be &quot;better&quot; for you, meaning it <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/is-organic-better-for-your-health-a-look-at-milk-meat-eggs-produce-and-fish/2014/04/07/036c654e-a313-11e3-8466-d34c451760b9_story.html">doesn't contain more nutrients</a> or some magic cancer-fighting voodoo. So far, studies have been inconclusive about the effects of eating a diet rich in organic foods versus non-organic. But even skeptics can't argue with the <a href="http://www.nrdc.org/living/shoppingwise/choose-organic-produce-where-it-matters-most.asp">principles of organic farming</a>&nbsp;and food buying: no harmful chemicals and sustainable environmental practices.</p> <p>Not everyone can afford to go full organic, and that's where the <a href="http://www.ewg.org/">Environmental Working Group</a> (EWG) comes in. The non-profit publishes research yearly based on the level of pesticides found in fruits and veggies, and ranks them from worst to best.</p> <p>Below is a list of 15 food items using the EWG and other researchers' information that you should pony up for and go organic. Everything on this list is doubly important for kids and pregnant women. Finally, whenever possible, buy local.</p> <h2>1. Apples</h2> <p>If you're going to buy just one thing organic, make it apples. They consistently appear at the top of the <a href="http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/list.php#">EWG's offenders list</a>, harboring a number of pesticides that traditional farmers use to keep pests and disease at bay. Most of the harmful stuff is contained in the skin, but it's also the healthiest part of the apple. Luckily, organic versus non-organic apples has one of the <a href="http://www.mofga.org/Publications/MaineOrganicFarmerGardener/Fall2011/PriceDifferences/tabid/1966/Default.aspx">lowest price differences</a>, so you won't be paying double for your peace of mind.</p> <h2>2. Baby Food</h2> <p>Many doctors think that babies are more susceptible to the potential negative health impacts of pesticides. When your baby begins to transition to solid food, it's a good idea to <a href="http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/baby-food/buying-guide.htm">feed your child organic</a> whenever possible. This is especially true for the fruits and vegetables on this list, since they tend to have more pesticide residue in the first place. To offset the increase in cost, consider buying in bulk.</p> <h2>3. Strawberries and Blueberries</h2> <p>Berries are sensitive and heavily exposed &mdash; they don't have a tough outer shell or skin to protect them. Because they grow largely unprotected, they are more susceptible to pests, and pesticides are often the solution. Note that according to the EWG, domestically-grown blueberries are more contaminated than international varieties.</p> <h2>4. Peaches and Nectarines</h2> <p>These delicious stone fruits have thin, edible skins and are naturally delicate, so they are typically sprayed with various poisons to keep them from molding and to keep away pests. Even if you peel your peaches or nectarines, <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/health/chi-0812-peaches-pesticides_mainaug12-story.html#page=1">traces of chemicals will remain</a>. Some doctors suggest buying organic versions of these fruit is especially important if you are pregnant or have children.</p> <h2>5. Celery</h2> <p>Celery also scored high on EWG's list, with 13 chemicals detected in total. The crunchy veggie is porous and grows largely outside of the ground, so it absorbs chemicals easily. Next time you're at the market, reach for the organic option, along with a jar of&hellip;</p> <h2>6. Peanut Butter</h2> <p>If you have kids or just love peanut butter as much as a kid, then consider investing in organic peanut butter. It will be pesticide-free, plus most organic brands utilize a healthier recipe to boost the good-for-you-ness. It may take a few tries to find a brand you like and get your family on board, especially if they are used to the sugary, unnaturally smooth stuff, but it's worth it.</p> <h2>7. Potatoes</h2> <p>Considering the amount of potatoes an average American consumes, switching to organic spuds is a no-brainer. Even if you're scrubbing and peeling your potatoes, there's a very good chance they still contain potentially-harmful chemicals. The EWG found that the average <a href="http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary.php">potato had more pesticides</a> by weight than any other food tested. So before mashing or frying or baking, shell out a few more cents for organic taters and put your mind at ease.</p> <h2>8. Milk</h2> <p>Traditional farming practices now include <a href="http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/athome/recombinant-bovine-growth-hormone">treating cows with hormones</a> so that they will produce more milk. Unfortunately, we can't have our milk and drink it too. Some of these hormones are passed on to the consumer, and although we do not know the full impact, many people are choosing the precautionary route and switching their families to organic dairy. Look for rBGH-free on the label.</p> <h2>9. Greens</h2> <p>Delicate greens, including spinach, lettuce, kale, and collard greens all make it in the top 15 of EWG's list. Many highly toxic chemicals are permitted on leafy greens, and even chemicals that were banned in recent years can still be absorbed through the soil and show up in the plants. If you are a frequent salad eater, just go ahead and buy organic. The EWG recommends that kale and collard green lovers that don't buy organic should consider cooking before eating.</p> <h2>10. Tomatoes</h2> <p>Tomatoes are one of the only fruits or vegetables that has been proven to be more nutritious in organic form. According to a study, organic tomatoes have nearly <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=90914182">double the concentration of flavonoids</a>, which are considered very healthful. Conventional tomatoes also made the EWG naughty list, so the choice seems clear: organic all the way.</p> <h2>11. Bell Peppers</h2> <p>Sweet bell peppers rank high on the list, as these colorful veggies tend to have surprising amounts of pesticides remaining on them. Go organic when you can, and when eating conventional bell peppers be sure to give them a nice, cold bath. Cooking also helps to reduce the amount of chemicals present.</p> <h2>12. Grapes</h2> <p>During the EWG's testing, they found a single grape with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary.php">fifteen different pesticides</a>&nbsp;present. Gross. Because they ripen quickly and end up attracting insects, grapes often get sprayed with a multitude of chemicals to keep them untouched and in perfect eating order. If you can't find organic or can't stomach the price tag, buy seasonally from a local source and give them a good wash.</p> <h2>13. Meat</h2> <p>The European Union has already banned the use of hormones in cattle, but the practice is still permitted in many other countries, including the U.S. These hormones can remain in the meat, and the potential health effects of ingesting them on a regular basis is not yet well studied. But buying organic meat is as much about the potential health risks of the growth hormones and antibiotics as it is about choosing the more humane option. Organic cattle are typically given more space, allowed to graze, and fed natural feed so that they can live a happy and healthy life before making it to the plate.</p> <h2>14. Cucumbers</h2> <p>Conventional varieties of this refreshing vegetable are typically treated with a petroleum-based wax to preserve freshness. This wax is also good at holding on to already present pesticides, and is impossible to completely wash off at home. Organic varieties omit this wax, making them a superior produce aisle choice. When eating the conventional version, be sure to wash and peel the cucumber &mdash; although this does not guarantee removal of all chemicals, and it removes some of the nutrients.</p> <h2>15. Hot Peppers</h2> <p>For those who indulge in spice on a regular basis, try to buy organic hot peppers whenever possible. Conventional hot peppers often have high levels of harmful pesticides, partly because a few especially nasty chemicals are permitted on peppers that aren't allowed on other common crops.</p> <p><em>What does your organic shopping list look like?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-only-15-foods-that-are-worth-buying-organic&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%2520Only%252015%2520Foods%2520That%2520Are%2520Worth%2520Buying%2520Organic.jpg&amp;description=The%20Only%2015%20Foods%20That%20Are%20Worth%20Buying%20Organic"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%20Only%2015%20Foods%20That%20Are%20Worth%20Buying%20Organic.jpg" alt="The Only 15 Foods That Are Worth Buying Organic" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laurel-randolph">Laurel Randolph</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-only-15-foods-that-are-worth-buying-organic">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-smart-shoppers-will-save-at-amazons-whole-foods">How Smart Shoppers Will Save at Amazon&#039;s Whole Foods</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-shop-for-food-once-a-month-and-save-big">How to Shop for Food Once a Month and Save Big</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-checkout-line-tricks-to-finish-shopping-faster">5 Checkout Line Tricks to Finish Shopping Faster</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-hot-new-food-trends-the-frugal-way">8 Hot New Food Trends — The Frugal Way</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-affordable-alternatives-to-the-grocery-store">10 Affordable Alternatives to the Grocery Store</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping ewg food shopping fruits and vegetables grocery shopping organic Thu, 05 Feb 2015 18:00:35 +0000 Laurel Randolph 1285074 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Ways to Buy Organic and Still Be Frugal http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-buy-organic-and-still-be-frugal <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-ways-to-buy-organic-and-still-be-frugal" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/groceries-481528281.jpg" alt="groceries" title="groceries" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you'd rather not consume chemical pesticides, mysterious food additives, antibiotics and GMOs &mdash; in short you'd like your food to be food and nothing else &mdash; organic is the way to go. For those of us operating on a tight budget, organic foods can seem out of reach. With just a few tweaks to your shopping routine, however, high quality organic foods can appear on the menu more often. Check out the tips below and be sure to share your favorite strategies for going organic without going broke in the comments below. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-eat-organic-on-the-cheap?ref=seealso">Best Money Tips: Eat Organic On The Cheap</a>)</p> <h2>1. Establish Organic Priority</h2> <p>Not all conventional produce is equally toxic. After 43,000 tests of pesticide levels in conventional produce, the Environmental Working Group concluded that consumers could reduce exposure by almost 90 percent just by shunning the 12 most contaminated foods (the &quot;<a href="http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/list.php">Dirty Dozen</a>&quot;) and eating the least contaminated foods instead.</p> <h2>2. Plan Meals Using Sales Flyers</h2> <p>Meal planning is a great way to keep your grocery budget under control, and if you're going organic, doing so with the help of sales flyers is doubly helpful. Subscribe to email flyers from stores like Whole Foods, Sprouts, Trader Joe's, and Earth Fare to plan meals that utilize the organic foods on sale that week. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-meal-plan-and-save-cash?ref=seealso">How to Meal Plan and Save Cash</a>)</p> <h2>3. Opt for Store Brands</h2> <p>Demand for organic foods has grown rapidly, and traditional grocery chains have taken notice. Many have launched their own brands of organic staples like milk, granola, canned goods, and spaghetti sauce, all for less than popular brands. Just be sure to always look for the USDA organic seal &mdash; otherwise it's not certified.</p> <h2>4. Warm Up to Frozen Foods</h2> <p>The <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-use-frozen-mixed-vegetables">frozen foods</a> aisle is one of the best places to find bargains on organic fruits and vegetables. Use the freezer case to stock up on your favorite organic ingredients for baking, smoothies, soups, and side dishes, and never worry about spoilage.</p> <h2>5. Buy in Bulk and Use Buying Clubs</h2> <p>Specialty grocery stores like Whole Foods are no longer the only place to find organic foods. What many don't know is buying clubs like Sam's Club and Costco also carry a variety of organic produce and dry goods. They're an especially good place to by certain organic goods in bulk, which is always a cost-effective way to shop. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-you-should-buy-at-costco?ref=seealso">15 Things You Should Buy at Costco</a>)</p> <h2>7. Clip Organic Coupons</h2> <p>You'll be hard pressed to find organic coupons in your Sunday paper, but coupon sites are another story. Check <a href="http://www.mambosprouts.com/">MamboSprouts.com</a>, <a href="http://savingnaturally.com/">SavingNaturally.com</a>, <a href="http://www.organicdeals.com/">OrganicDeals.com</a>, <a href="http://www.organicfoodcoupons.com/">OrganicFoodCoupons.com</a>, <a href="http://www.healthsaver.com/">HealthSavers.com</a>, as well as the website or Facebook page of your favorite organic brands to find food/natural living coupons, and other money saving ideas.</p> <h2>8. Practice Nose to Tail Cooking</h2> <p>When's the last time you roasted an entire chicken? Or bought a side of beef? Buying pre-butchered meat cuts is convenient, but costly. Buying less-processed meat, poultry, and fish can save you big time. It also provides ingredients for multiple meals with only one cooking and allows you to make your own sauces and stocks with the bones. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-enough-on-meat-to-buy-a-chest-freezer?ref=seealso">Save Enough on Meat to Buy a Chest Freezer</a>)</p> <p><em>How do you stock an organic pantry without depleting your savings account? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beth-buczynski">Beth Buczynski</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-buy-organic-and-still-be-frugal">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-hot-new-food-trends-the-frugal-way">8 Hot New Food Trends — The Frugal Way</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/shop-the-salad-bar-and-other-ways-to-save-big-on-groceries">Shop the Salad Bar and Other Ways to Save Big on Groceries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-your-apple-dangerous-how-to-eat-fewer-pesticides-and-save-money">Is Your Apple Dangerous? How to Eat Fewer Pesticides (and Save Money)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-only-15-foods-that-are-worth-buying-organic">The Only 15 Foods That Are Worth Buying Organic</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-organic-grocery-items-that-arent-worth-it">10 Organic Grocery Items That Aren&#039;t Worth It</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping food shopping groceries organic Wed, 14 May 2014 09:00:35 +0000 Beth Buczynski 1139226 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: When Do You Use Organic? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-when-do-you-use-organic <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-when-do-you-use-organic" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/chopping-vegetables-4955132-small.jpg" alt="vegetables" title="vegetables" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-when-do-you-use-organic#comment-667856">DeeDee</a>, Louly, and Anna for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>One way to reduce the harm done to our environment &mdash; and our bodies &mdash; is by going organic when we can. However, sometimes the cost of organic groceries and products (not to mention the uncertainty when it comes to labeling), can cause us to choose a non-organic alternative.</p> <p><strong>When do you use organic?</strong> Is there anything that you <em>always</em> &mdash; or <em>never</em> &mdash; buy organic? Do you grow or produce any organic goodies yourself?</p> <p>Tell us about when you use organic and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! 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Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us about when you use organic and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-when-do-you-use-organic">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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(Your Chance to win $10!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-200-giveaway-what-does-corporate-social-responsibility-mean-to-you">Ask the Readers $200 Giveaway: What Does Corporate Social Responsibility Mean to You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-should-kids-get-paid-for-doing-chores">Ask The Readers: Should Kids Get Paid For Doing Chores?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Ask the Readers organic Tue, 23 Jul 2013 10:36:32 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 980709 at http://www.wisebread.com Is Your Apple Dangerous? How to Eat Fewer Pesticides (and Save Money) http://www.wisebread.com/is-your-apple-dangerous-how-to-eat-fewer-pesticides-and-save-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/is-your-apple-dangerous-how-to-eat-fewer-pesticides-and-save-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/food-apple-5088938-small.jpg" alt="apple" title="apple" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of the biggest concerns in food safety today is our intake of chemicals that are sprayed on fresh produce. Fungicides, insecticides, and other chemicals are the price we pay for, uniform, beautiful, and bountiful fruits and vegetables. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eating-at-the-intersection-of-cheap-and-healthy" target="_blank">Eating at the Intersection of Cheap and Healthy</a>)</p> <p>Buying organic is one way to minimize your pesticide exposure, but for the frugal among us, organic produce can often seem too costly. The great news is that you don't have to buy exclusively organic produce to drastically minimize your pesticide exposure. By selecting a combination of organic and conventionally grown items, you can reduce the chemical content in your food without breaking the bank.</p> <h2>1. Buy Organic Where It Counts</h2> <p>The Environmental Working Group has compiled a <a href="http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary.php" target="_blank">list of produce</a> that should be on everyone's refrigerator door. The EWG warns about the &quot;Dirty Dozen Plus,&quot; a list of over a dozen fruits and vegetables that carry the highest pesticide load or which are contaminated with particularly harmful insecticides.</p> <p>Among the Dirty Dozen are apples, peaches, grapes, strawberries, and celery. You can minimize your pesticide exposure by buying organic or pesticide-free versions of those fruits and vegetables, and choosing more alternative produce from the EWG's &quot;Clean Fifteen,'&quot; a list that includes squash, mangoes, avocados, and other produce that carry few pesticides. Knowing specifically what produce has the greatest pesticide load means that you don't have to buy EVERYTHING organic, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-not-to-buy-at-a-farmers-market" target="_blank">just certain items</a>.</p> <p>Buying fruit in season also eases the strain on your wallet. For example, organic blueberries are worth their weight in gold most of the year, but become much more affordable when they are in season in the summer.</p> <h2>2. Shop at Farmers' Markets</h2> <p>Much of the local produce at the farmers' markets is pesticide-free, although they do not officially have an &quot;organic&quot; label. That is because it can be more difficult for small farms to comply with all the requirements for getting an organic label, even if their fruits and vegetables are produced without chemicals and with respect for the environment.</p> <p>Next time you're at the farmers' market, ask whether the produce is pesticide-free. Most likely, you'll be able to buy pesticide-free fruits and vegetables at a lower cost than organic produce at a supermarket (and the produce will be fresher, too).</p> <h2>3. Buy Frozen</h2> <p>When I can't afford to buy fresh organic broccoli, I go for the frozen organic broccoli in a bag. It tastes fine in a casserole, and freezing preserves most of the nutrients. Same goes for spinach (which is on the Dirty Dozen list). Sometimes, frozen vegetables are already cut up; perfect for throwing into a stir-fry or adding to a pasta sauce, so they're convenient, too!</p> <h2>4. Shop at Ethnic Markets</h2> <p>My local Korean grocery store has a surprising amount of organic produce for extremely reasonable prices. A huge assortment of organic mushrooms can be had for 99 cents a package! To take advantage of this organic windfall, I've learned to use different kinds of mushrooms in all sorts of dishes, from omelets and risotto to stir-fries and soups.</p> <p>You can challenge yourself to cook new dishes by using whatever organic ingredients are <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/want-to-save-a-bundle-on-your-groceries-consider-you-local-asian-market" target="_blank">available at your local ethnic market</a>.</p> <h2>5. Rinse, Scrub, and Peel</h2> <p>When you can't afford to buy pesticide-free produce, minimize the pesticides in your food <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wash-it-yourself-other-ways-to-save-money-on-organic-fruits-veggies" target="_blank">by rinsing and scrubbing your produce</a> under running water. Forget the fancy vegetable washes &mdash; studies show that <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/05/health/05real.html?_r=1&amp;" target="_blank">plain old water does just as well</a>. Remember, the scrubbing action is the key to removing pesticides, so rub them vigorously with your hands or scrub them with a brush exclusively devoted to that purpose. If you want to remove potentially harmful bacteria, rinse your fruits and veggies in a vinegar solution.</p> <p>Peeling fruits and vegetables can reduce the pesticides on the surface, but thin-skinned fruits and veggies like tomatoes, apples, and potatoes actually absorb pesticides, so peeling doesn't get rid of chemicals entirely. Scary thought, isn't it?</p> <h2>6. Buy Lean Cuts of Meat</h2> <p>Fruits and vegetables aren't the only culprits when it comes to pesticide exposure. Conventionally raised meats <a href="http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/12-commonly-contaminated-foods" target="_blank">also contain pesticide residues</a> from the feed given to the animals (not to mention antibiotic-resistant bacteria) &mdash; in fact, the EPA states that meats are contaminated with higher levels of pesticides than plant foods.</p> <p>Many harmful pesticides are fat-soluble and accumulate in an animal's fatty tissues, as well as in the fat content of dairy products. To reduce your exposure, choose lean cuts of meat and trim off excess fat. Choose low-fat milk and yogurt when buying conventional dairy. Choose organic whole milk for young children and organic butter if you can.</p> <h2>7. Buy Organic Meat in Bulk, and Choose Less Popular Cuts</h2> <p>To lower your pesticide exposure, eat less, but better-quality meat (it's better for the planet, too).</p> <p>Some families buy a share of a grass-fed animal (a quarter of a steer, for example) at more reasonable prices than buying organic meat retail. You can also buy organic meat at bulk retailers like Costco. Although stores like Costco may not have much selection, you can stock up on organic ground beef and other cuts that you can rotate through.</p> <p>Buy less popular cuts to save even more. For example, a pound of organic, free-range chicken thighs is half the price of organic chicken breasts (and in my opinion, tastes better too). Note that the label &quot;natural&quot; on meats only means that the meat has been minimally processed after butchering &mdash; the animal could have been fed antibiotics and pesticide-contaminated feed.</p> <p>Exclusively eating organic food would be ideal, but most of us can't afford it. By judiciously selecting which foods you buy organic, and by reducing your exposure to pesticides when you buy conventionally-grown produce, you'll be doing your body a favor and keeping some money in your wallet, too.</p> <p><em>How are you keeping pesticides out of your pantry and fridge?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camilla-cheung">Camilla Cheung</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-your-apple-dangerous-how-to-eat-fewer-pesticides-and-save-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-organic-grocery-items-that-arent-worth-it">10 Organic Grocery Items That Aren&#039;t Worth It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-only-15-foods-that-are-worth-buying-organic">The Only 15 Foods That Are Worth Buying Organic</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-buy-organic-and-still-be-frugal">8 Ways to Buy Organic and Still Be Frugal</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-produce-workers-guide-to-choosing-fruits-and-vegetables">The Produce Worker&#039;s Guide to Choosing Fruits and Vegetables</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-having-your-groceries-delivered-can-save-you-money">6 Ways Having Your Groceries Delivered Can Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Green Living Shopping food shopping organic pesticides produce Thu, 18 Jul 2013 10:36:33 +0000 Camilla Cheung 980556 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: Do You Buy Organic Food? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-buy-organic-food <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-do-you-buy-organic-food" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5244878818_dcb8ab6ba1_z.jpg" alt="Do You Buy Organic Food?" title="Do You Buy Organic Food?" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-buy-organic-food#comment-580851"><em>Amber</em></a><em>, Diana, and Diane for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Eating healthy is important to your well-being and can also be beneficial to your wallet. Having a healthy diet can decrease health issues in the long run. As such, many people opt to eat organic foods! The health benefits can be great, but sometimes the price of organic food can steer people away from buying organic.</p> <p><b>Do you buy organic food? </b>Why or why not?</p> <p>Tell us if you buy organic food and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:&nbsp;</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> <a id="rc-79857d13" class="rafl" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857d13/">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> <script src="//d12vno17mo87cx.cloudfront.net/embed/rafl/cptr.js"></script> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, January 14th at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after January 14th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us if you buy organic food and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-buy-organic-food">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-hamburger-what-to-do-with-it-a-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Hamburger, What to Do With It? (A Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-to-garage-sale-or-not-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: To Garage Sale or Not? (Chance to win $20)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-are-rebates-worth-it-your-chance-to-win-10">Ask the Readers: Are Rebates Worth It? (Your Chance to win $10!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-200-giveaway-what-does-corporate-social-responsibility-mean-to-you">Ask the Readers $200 Giveaway: What Does Corporate Social Responsibility Mean to You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-should-kids-get-paid-for-doing-chores">Ask The Readers: Should Kids Get Paid For Doing Chores?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Ask the Readers Food organic Tue, 08 Jan 2013 11:36:30 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 963712 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Eat Organic on the Cheap http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-eat-organic-on-the-cheap <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-eat-organic-on-the-cheap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2539937014_f55ecebf38_z-1.jpg" alt="Eat Organic on the Cheap" title="Eat Organic on the Cheap" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on eating organic on the cheap, renting your home, and homemade Halloween costume ideas.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-eat-organic-on-the-cheap">How to Eat Organic on the Cheap</a> &mdash; Eat organic on the cheap by skipping unnecessary items. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/should-you-rent-your-home/">Should You Rent Your Home?</a> &mdash; If you are facing foreclosure, it may be a good idea to consider renting your home. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://frugaldad.com/2011/10/08/frugal-homemade-halloween-costume-ideas/">Frugal Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas</a> &mdash; This Halloween, consider saving money by making your own ghost costume. [Frugal Dad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2011/10/11/got-the-urge-to-splurge-use-these-strategies-to-fight-it-or-not/">Got the Urge to Splurge? Use These Strategies to Fight It (or Not)</a> &mdash; To fight the urge to splurge, start by recognizing the urge. [Get Rich Slowly]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thedigeratilife.com/blog/tips-dine-out-cheap-save-money-eating-out/">10 Concrete Tips To Dine Out For Less: Save Money When Eating Out</a> &mdash; Save money the next time you eat out by using gift cards for points. [The Digerati Life]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://getcurrency.com/technology-toys/the-ultimate-guide-to-protecting-your-reputation-on-social-networks">The Ultimate Guide to Protecting Your Reputation on Social Networks</a> &mdash; Protect your reputation on social networks by using one email address for all notifications. [Currency]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesunsfinancialdiary.com/frugal-living/alternative-healthcare-resources-save/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thesunsfinancialdiary%2FOpRy+%28The+Sun%27s+Financial+Diary%29">Alternative Healthcare Resources that Can Help You Save</a> &mdash; Take advantage of 24/7 nurse hotlines to save money on medical expenses. [The Sun's Financial Diary]</p> <p><a href="http://freefrombroke.com/how-to-fix-an-error-on-your-credit-report/?utm_source=rss&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=how-to-fix-an-error-on-your-credit-report">How to Fix an Error on Your Credit Report</a> &mdash; If there is an error on your credit report, make sure you send a certified letter to the offending agency. [Free From Broke]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Save-Supermarket-19548670">6 Smart Savings Tips For Your Next Supermarket Spree</a> &mdash; Next time you head to the supermarket, be sure to shop high and low. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/how-to-avoid-burn-out-10-symptoms-of-severe-stress.html?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LifeHack+%28lifehack.org%29">How to Avoid Burn Out: 10 Symptoms of Severe Stress</a> &mdash; Are you drinking more or eating less? You may have severe stress. [Stepcase Lifehack]</p> <h2>News &amp; Events</h2> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news/2011/10/credit-karma-ckchat">Credit Karma #CKchat</a> &mdash; Don't miss Credit Karma's weekly #CKchat at 12pm PST. They will be giving away a prize!</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news/2011/10/get-rich-slowly-moolah-tweetchat">Get Rich Slowly #moolah Tweetchat</a> &mdash; Get Rich Slowly will be hosting a tweetchat at 4pm PST. The topic: Halloween on a Budget.</p> <p>Be sure to check out our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/top-100-most-popular-personal-finance-blogs/news">News &amp; Events Calendar</a> to see all the awesome upcoming events in the personal finance world!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-eat-organic-on-the-cheap">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/horizon-organic-milk-is-it-all-just-lies">Horizon Organic Milk: Is it All Just Lies?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-only-15-foods-that-are-worth-buying-organic">The Only 15 Foods That Are Worth Buying Organic</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/deciding-which-produce-to-buy-organic-the-dirty-dozen">Deciding Which Produce to Buy Organic - The Dirty Dozen</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-shop-for-food-cheaply-without-a-tedious-grocery-list">Grocery Shopping for the Cheap and Lazy</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/baby-carrots-the-frugal-idea-that-isnt">Baby Carrots: The Frugal Idea That Isn&#039;t</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips organic Wed, 12 Oct 2011 10:00:15 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 747232 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Things to Remember When Choosing Natural Products http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-to-remember-when-choosing-natural-products <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-things-to-remember-when-choosing-natural-products" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/786584004_be4c5d74e0.jpg" alt="cream" title="cream" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&quot;Natural&quot; and &quot;organic&quot; have become important buzzwords for green-minded parents over the past few years. We strive to provide our families with the healthiest products available&hellip;what we put in our bodies, and what we put on our bodies. While the naturals industry has done a great job of bringing natural and organic products to the market, the choices can be overwhelming. When it comes to personal care for our families, it's sometimes difficult to make sense of what &quot;natural&quot; really means. Here are 5 things to remember when you go shopping:</p> <h3>1. Understand that terms &quot;natural&quot; and &quot;organic&quot; are different</h3> <p>Although the FDA does not currently regulate natural products, the agency does provide the following definition: &quot;ingredients extracted directly from plants or animal products as opposed to being produced synthetically.&quot; The term organic refers to the process by which the ingredients were grown&hellip;without the use of toxic or persistent pesticides. An organic product that carries the USDA seal is held to the same standards as organic food products.</p> <h3>2. Know that natural is, to an extent, in the eye of the beholder</h3> <p>There are no government regulations in place to govern natural skincare and bodycare. This leaves the difficult task of self-regulating to individual brands. If something seems to good to be true? It probably is.</p> <h3>3. Seals can help to guide you in the right direction</h3> <p>In the USA, the <a href="http://www.npainfo.org/">Natural Products Association</a> has worked over the past two years to establish a natural products certification program. Products that carry the NPA seal must be made up of at least 95% natural ingredients. In Europe, <a href="http://www.ecocert.com/">Ecocert</a> is working to establish natural and organic standards for personal care. Products that carry the Ecocert seal must adhere to the organization's strict ingredient guidelines. <a href="http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/">Whole Foods Markets</a> created a Premium Body Care&trade; that allows products to carry a premium seal after demonstrating that they adhere to WFM's ingredient restrictions.</p> <h3>4. Look beyond any seal, and read the ingredient listing</h3> <p>Ingredients may be listed by their chemical name, rather than their common name (i.e., Tocopheryl Acetate is Vitamin E). If you don't recognize (or can't pronounce) some of the ingredients, do a little research. Sites such as <a href="http://www.cosmeticscop.com/cosmetic-ingredient-dictionary.aspx">The Cosmetics Cop</a> and <a href="http://www.cosmeticsinfo.org/index.php">Cosmetics Info</a> can help you figure out what ingredients really are.</p> <h3>5. Make decisions based on your own concerns and comforts</h3> <p>Natural doesn't <em>always</em> mean better for everyone and every product. I have to avoid some natural products because I am allergic to the extracts that are used. It's always wise to test new products on a small patch of skin to make sure that they'll work for you. Never hesitate to talk to your doctor if you're unsure about using certain products/ingredients on children.</p> <p>A bonus tip: Word of mouth is a great way to share new products! So tell us&hellip;what is your favorite natural product?</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is a post by Katrina Simeck from our sister blog, <a href="http://parentingsquad.com">Parenting Squad</a>. 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