The ultimate guide to cheap, healthy foods


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We can't thank the Environmental Working Group enough for creating this incredibly comprehensive review of the most inexpensive foods that are good for both you and the environment. The organization's health experts selected these best buys based on an in-depth analysis of government surveys and tests for nearly 1,200 foods.

Not only does this guide include helpful illustrations listing the best foods for each category (like the ones for fruits and vegetables, pictured below), but it also offers recipes for dishes like tabbouleh and crunchy peanut slaw, plus shopping lists and meal planners for you to print out and fill in.

Some of the things we learned:

  • Buy organic peaches — while super nutritious, peaches have more pesticides than other fruits.

  • Goat is the world's most commonly eaten meat.

  • Not all dairy products are rich in calcium — fatty foods like cream cheese, sour cream, cream and butter have little or no calcium.

  • When shopping for bread and pasta, you should aim for brands with at least 2 grams of fiber per serving in bread and 5 grams in pasta.

  • You can get your five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day for about the cost of a bus ride in most cities.


= Best buys


Click here for the PDF of the full guide.