How to eat better/organic on a budget?

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Question from Annie: Ms. Dyer, do you eat ONLY organic food? I know it's best, but man, that really adds to the grocery budget. Can you suggest a way to eat better that's not so hard on the wallet?
Answers - Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. I eat primarily organic foods, when they're available and when they're affordable. I don't limit myself to organic foods because of the affordability issue and the stress involved with seeking only organic foods, either in the grocery store or in restaurants. But there are particular fruits and vegetables in particular that have higher concentrations of pesticides than others, so I do focus my limited budget on those with higher levels of pesticides. That list was determined and is available on the website for the Environmental Working Group. It's a great reason to grow your own.

On Tuesday, October 13, 2009, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Nutrition Through the Holidays. Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. and Larissa Korde, M.D., M.P.H. answered your questions about what and how much to eat when holiday treats abound.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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