It can be tricky to manage Champagne tastes on a beer budget, but there are some areas of your diet worth overhauling so you can get the most out of your dollar.
Here are some places where it is worth spending a little extra for quality – and your health will thank you for it!
The dirty dozen
Every year the US Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases its list of the fruit and vegetables with the highest and least pesticide residues in order for consumers to make a better decision about what they are putting into their bodies.
If you cannot justify making the switch to 100 per cent organic, it might be worth starting here. There is no definitive research to suggest that these common pesticides do not cause any damage or pose a threat to children or other high risk groups, according to the EWG. This means you may see some benefit in purchasing organic versions of the most pesticide-heavy items, to ensure you do not put your kids’ health at risk.
Here are 12 fruit and vegetables to buy organic.
- Cherry tomatoes
- Snap peas
When you walk down the bakery aisle of your local, you may be inundated with choices. However, when it comes to your bread, wholegrain is best.
This is because it contains the entire bran, or grain, while white bread does not. The paler loaves also feature more refined grains – this means some of its natural goodness is stripped away and they do not contain all the goodies that wholegrain bread can offer.
According to Victorian Government initiative Better Health Channel, wholegrains provide a wealth of benefits, containing many essential minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals. They are high in fibre, protein and carbohydrates while low in saturated fat and free from cholesterol.
Being a good source of fibre means you will feel fuller for longer. Better Health Channel also suggests a diet high in this ingredient can help to protect against heart disease, type 2 diabetes and help to maintain a healthy weight.
While your tastebuds will benefit significantly from choosing the right cut of meat for your dish, it may also help your health, particularly if you choose organic grass-fed cuts of meat.
Organic meat is free from chemicals such as pesticides and the stock are not feed antibiotics unless really needed.
The cows and sheep are also permitted free rein over the land, and their diet results in healthier meat with more nutrients than conventionally farmed meat.
Grass-fed meat also contains more omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, which are essential for good health and can reduce the risk of heart disease and blood pressure.