EWG’s “Good Food on a Tight Budget”


Grocery stores can be overwhelming when it comes to the number of decisions you have to make. Let’s say you need bread. Which kind of bread? Which brand? How much? It’s no wonder the check-out lanes are full of soda and candy. After making hundreds of choices up and down the aisles, we’re decision-fatigued, our willpower depleted, leaving us nearly helpless to resist the shiny packages with their sugary, savory treasures.

Just making it out of the grocery store without having bought a Snickers bar in the check-out line is an undervalued achievement. But to navigate the terrain well — choosing healthy, satisfying, and cost-effective food — we need a strategy.

Fortunately, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) knows that our busy schedules make it hard for most of us to choose well and maintain a balanced diet without breaking the bank. They’ve created a nifty, easy-to-use guide based on their analysis of nearly 1,200 foods.

Not only does the EWG’s shopping guide (Good Food on a Tight Budget) list foods with high nutritional value at a low price, but their suggestions also take into account environmental pollutants and the use of pesticides.

In addition to food recommendations, the site provides various other resources: forms for making a shopping list and tracking food prices, and a link to EWG’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce.

Since coming across this material, I’ve been trying to be mindful of their recommendations as they relate to pesticides in particular.

If you have time to peruse the site, we’d love to hear about anything you find interesting or helpful.

Tommy Grimm

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About Tommy Grimm

I have an M.Div. from Duke Divinity School and currently work as a Wellness Advocate with Spirited Life. Born and raised in the heartland of America, I'm a certified Hoosier who loves basketball. I've recently discovered the wonder of beets, and I take guilty pleasure in gas station candy, particularly circus peanuts and spice drops.

3 thoughts on “EWG’s “Good Food on a Tight Budget”

  1. It took a huge cardiac episode (two, in fact :)) to understand the real value of choosing good healthy and nutritious food over the flashy ‘junk’-type food! But that decision is paying well in my daily life now. Since then I had always walked only towards the food that my family needs to stay healthy.

    The shopping guide will do well for everyone to see the real value of healthy food. It will help save a lot of money from going towards recovering the lost health because of the unneeded food that goes into our bodies.

    Imagine the long-time risks that we take by choosing unneeded things, food items especially! Please do not pile them up… the risks to the health as well as the junk that goes into the bodies. Stay very healthy!

    Good article, liked it! 🙂

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