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Dr. Oz grocery shopping tips to buying organic foods

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Dr. Oz tackled the popular question of “should I be buying organic foods?”

My position on organic foods is quite simple: if I had an Angelina Jolie food budget, I’d buy everything organic. It’s true that organic foods are not purchased exclusively by the very rich (or else it wouldn’t be a billion dollar industry). There are loads of regular people with regular incomes who have made the lifestyle choice of buying organic foods.

I have some items that I’ve been buying organic for a decade now: milk, yogurt and essential oils.

When it comes to eggs, I buy mine free range and I will gladly switch to organic free range eggs when I can get them on sale. When it comes to produce, if there is a sale on organic products, I’ll jump at the occasion and there are certain conventional products (like strawberries) I no longer eat if I cannot buy them organic because I’ve read too much about the amount of pesticides used in the cultivation.

If I could only buy organic meats, I would. Right now, it’s not part of my food budget, but I do buy grain feed meats because they are affordable and they can easily be purchased at the grocery store!

I was a bit surprised to hear Dr Oz admit that organic products can be fairly expensive. It’s important to recognize that, but I was equally happy hear Dr. Oz list some grocery items that should ALWAYS be organic and those that you keep buying conventional.

I actually wrote a post asking readers to share their approach to organic foods with this new recessionary economy. You can still read it here if you’ve missed it: Quizz: Are you still buying as much organic food as before the recession?

>>> Dr. Oz’s suggestions on which food items to buy organic:

I really love these fun games Dr. Oz creates in order to teach the audience about food.

In a recent episode on organic foods he asked two contestants which items should be purchased organic and which are not necessary.

Here is Dr. Oz’s list of MUST when it comes to choosing organic foods:

1) Milk! I’ve been buying organic milk and yogurt for a long time and I’m about to upgrade my butter and cream to organic as well.

2) Leafy greens: You cannot crumb off pesticide from leafy greens so buying them organic as much as possible is a good idea.

3) Thing skin fruits like grapes and strawberries.

4) Apples: I buy conventional apples, but I allowing scrub off the skin before eating them or I remove the skin before putting my apple in my breakfast smoothie.

Here is Dr. Oz’s list of foods that don’t have to be organic:

1) Thick skin fruits like mangoes, avocadoes and pineapples (you’ll most likely be removing the skin of these fruits before eating them).

2) Broccoli: Dr. Oz explained that pesticides don’t stick to broccoli all that much.

3) Fish

>>> If you’ve not read my reviews on Food, Inc. you should. You can still catch both reviews here:

1. Food Inc documentary produced by Stonyfield Farm

2. Review: Food Inc documentary

3. Video review of Food Inc

>>> Here is a short video of Dr. Oz giving his recommendations on which foods you should buy organic:

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3 Responses to “Dr. Oz grocery shopping tips to buying organic foods”

  1. Vanessa S Says:
    November 2nd, 2009 at 21:49

    Thanks so much for posting this information. I love to watch Dr. Oz. He is informative as well as entertaining. I might be able to save a little money along the way, which is a good thing!!

  2. Eat Smart Age Smart Says:
    November 2nd, 2009 at 23:26

    Vanessa,

    I LOVE Dr. Oz. His show is incredibly informative. I learn every single time I watch the show.

    I agree, his segment on organic foods was great because I too was able to save some money just from watching the show.

    From now on I will have regular posts on Dr. Oz in order to allow readers to benefit from his tips.

    Thanks for dropping by!

  3. Savvy Assistant Says:
    February 16th, 2010 at 0:56

    Great info! Just came from a community showing of Food, Inc. Good to know which organic foods are a must. Thanks for posting!

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