Must-Have Food App: Quick Guide to Buying Organic or Not

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We all want to make wise choices at the grocery store, but it can be difficult to remember which foods need to be organic and which ones are safe to buy non-organic. The Environmental Working Group did us a favor in creating the lists that I recently shared with you, 14 Toxic Foods You Must Buy Organic and 15 Foods Safe to Buy Non-Organic, but you probably aren’t reading my blog as you browse the grocery store aisles.

Thankfully, there’s an app for that! Organic Diet Buddy is a free phone application that makes it easy to determine if you need to buy a certain food organic or if it’s clean enough to save a few dollars.

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They offer a color-coded guide that makes looking items up quick and easy.

Green – safe to buy non-organic

Yellow – consider buying organic

Red – definitely buy organic

This is all based on how the items have tested for pesticide residues. There is also a GMO label to warn you if the non-organic version is typically genetically modified, which may have an adverse impact on your health.

They’ve also included some bonus features that aren’t too shabby.

Favorites – Add the foods that you purchase the most on a favorites list so that you can easily access them when you are at the store. You can also add your local farmer’s markets (see below).

Calculate – This is a nutrition calculator that is based on age, gender and activity level. It’s simple, but just a couple pieces of information and the app will tell you how much fruit and vegetables you need a day based on a recommended daily calorie requirement. This isn’t my bag of chips, but it’s a nice addition.

Markets – If you are looking for organic foods, your local farmer’s market is one of the best places to find what you need. Plus, you’ll be supporting local farmers. This is a really useful feature, although for some reason my local market isn’t listed. In theory, you can search your city to find a farmer’s market in your area. Definitely do this and plan a visit!

Make sure this app is on your phone before you next trip to the grocery store. Download it now on your Apple, Google, or Nook device.

Shana Bresnahan
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