The Healthiest Foods For Your Money: A Shopping Guide


Eating healthy on a budget isn’t difficult… as long as you know the best stuff to buy! The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently published a first-of-its-kind guide to eating healthy on a budget. And that’s not all — they’ve also factored in food safety concerns, like the levels of pollutants, pesticides and artificial ingredients. After analyzing a list of 1,200 foods from government surveys and tests, they narrowed it down the top 100. Click through to explore the best fruits, veggies, grains, nuts, dairy and more. You should also check out the EWG’s website, where you’ll find even more tips, tools and useful information.

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Fruits & Vegetables


Best Buys: banana, nectarines*, pear, watermelon
Good Deals: apricot, avocado, cantaloupe, grapefruit, honeydew, kiwi, papaya, starfruit, tangerines


Best Buys: alfalfa sprouts, cabbage, calabasa, carrots, collards, green onions,lettuce*, mustard greens, onions, parsley, potatoes*
Good Deals: brussels sprouts, corn, eggplant, kale, lima beans, okra, pumpkin, spinach*, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnip greens, zucchini

*** These fruits & veggies have higher levels pesticides than the others, so they are best to buy organic; check out the price tags before purchasing!

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Grains,Nuts, Seeds & Beans


Best Buys: barley, toasted oat cereal
Good Deals: brown rice, bulgur, oatmeal, shredded wheat

Beans & Lentils

Best Buys: black beans, black-eyed peas, chickpeas, lentils, pinto beans, red kidney beans
Good Deals: lima beans, mungo beans, pink beans, white beans

Nuts & Seeds

Best Buys: hazelnuts, peanuts, sunflower seeds, walnuts
Good Deals: almonds, pecans

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Dairy, Eggs & Oils

Dairy & Eggs

Best Buys: cottage cheese, eggs, low-fat & non-fat dry milk, non-fat plain yogurt,queso fresco, ricotta cheese
Good Deals: 1% milk, skim milk, soy milk


Best Buys: canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil
Good Deals: olive oil, peanut oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil

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