Staying safe at the grocery store

We often hear about the importance of buying organic at the grocery store. But that’s not the only thing to remember when stepping into the market.

Photo Credit: Jenny Rollo

Consider these tips before your next shopping trip:

  • Strawberries, apples, cherries, and celery absorb pesticides readily. They are also sprayed with more variety of chemicals than many others. So always buy these organic. But you can skip the organic avocado due to its thick skin. Try to prioritize based on organic versus conventional produce costs to make your dollar go farther.
  • Microwaved popcorn. Not only are many varieties full of fats and/or trans fats, but there is a chemical used to coat the inside of the bag that is under investigation by the EPA. (The chemical is used to keep the popcorn from sticking to the sides of the bag). No conclusions have been drawn, but it’s a safer bet to get an air popper or to make your popcorn on the stove top. Also, sometimes you can find on-the-cob popcorn–something worth checking out for popcorn fans.
  • Glass bottles. Whenever possible opt for the glass bottle over items packaged in plastic. Research has shown more bacteria found in plastic containers and the BPA (plastic chemicals) leach into the food from the plastic container. Always skip the “steam in the bag” options. It’s convenient, but you’ll get a lot of BPAs from the heating process.

Next week, three more buying tips for the grocery store.


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