10 Tips for Cleaner Grocery Shopping
The grocery store is a wonderful place: thousands of ingredients and products at your fingertips available to combine, cook, and eat. However, that choice can be overwhelming: while shoppers in the 1970s chose from a mere 9,000 products, shoppers today choose from more than 47,000.
Selecting food that is clean and healthy for you and your family can be daunting, so we’ve put together 10 tips for cleaner grocery shopping that will help to navigate your options.
1. Your Most General Rule of Thumb: Try to Select the Bulk of Your Groceries From the Outside Perimeter of Your Grocery Store
Most stores line the walls with the simplest of products: produce, the butcher, the bakery, dairy, etc. Aisles in the middle contain most of the processed foods that generally have additives and preservatives it’s better to avoid.
2. Buy Local
First and foremost, buy local. This can be anything from the weekly farmer’s market to a local bakery to local ingredients sourced by your grocery store. Smaller businesses are more likely to use safer practices when cultivating their goods.
3. Buy Organic
Purchase organic food when possible, as it’s grown without pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, etc. Particularly pay attention to the EWG’s “Dirty Dozen” – the produce with the most pesticide residue.