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Looking through pictures of Tracee Ellis Ross can be a pastime in and of itself. Even when the gorgeous actress is doing the most mundane of chores surfaces she is inexplicably captivating. Yesterday, Tracee was spotted picking up her groceries at a Whole Food in Santa Monica, grabbing fresh produce and healthy snacks from the aisles.

Even if we can’t pull off a tight high bun quite like hers, Tracee’s grocery run is something all of us can relate to. We all have to go through the process of sifting through the aisles. But as we make our choices on what to add to our cart, it can be hard to stay healthy and on budget.

For many of us organic foods can add to confusion to stocking the fridge. Is it really better for you- or is it all just a trend? We know how hard it can be to discern between foods that really make a difference or product meant to drain your pocket. It’s why we were interested in to see this week when Health.com ran its list of things you should definitely buy organic. As it turns out you don’t need to overhaul your entire panty- just a few core items.

The Top 12 Things You Should Buy Organic?

1. Beef
2. Strawberries
3. Cookware
4. Popcorn
5. Yard Pesticides
6. All-Purpose Home Cleaners
7. Water Bottles
8. Food Storage Containers
9. Milk
10. Celery
11. Tomato Sauce
12. Your Mattress

Despite all the advertising we see for organic grocery items, food item make up only six out of the twelve essential things on the list. Many of the items we expected to see like eggs and avocadoes didn’t even make an appearance. Despite all the promised health benefits, the advertising behind all orgo everything seems like it’s only meant to make us spend more money on items else we really don’t need.

Tell us Clutchettes- do you incorporate organic products onto your grocery list? How do you choose which products to buy organic and which ones not to? Share your thoughts!

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  • a daughter of yemonya

    Buying organic is really great but even better is growing your own or supporting locally grown foods. Join a CSA near by and enjoying the “fruits of your labor”. However, I know that many folks aren’t into that, but when you buy or support your local farmer(s)/local community gardens you are not only cutting down on transport cost, putting $ into your community farmer or garden but more often than not your local farm or garden will not use harmful pesticides (but it is always wise to ask first). But as a Wholistic Health Consultant/Practitioner and Massage Therapist, I do agree with several posts that living a wholistic, healthy lifestyle is very important. Love the direction of this article and the fact that it is contributing to the active thought process and dialogue amongst us. Keep it coming. Peace….

    • Fatimah

      I completely agree, thank you for bringing up this point! Buying organic can be good, but if you’re doing it to be green then those grapes that were imported from hundreds of kilometres away aren’t doing much for the environment. I try to eat locally grown food as much as possible, and not only is it more cost-effective but everything tastes much better. It’s an amazing feeling to go to the farmer’s market and know each woman and man that grew and picked the produce I purchase.

  • Leanee

    I have two greedy kids, one greedy husband, and a tight budget, so unfortunately, alot of organic would mean us not haing enough food to get through the month. However, for the smaller things like fruit, I have considered buying a few organic things on a regular basis. Even if you try to be organic abotu everything, I believe there will always be somethings that are harmful without your knowledge.

  • TR

    If you are fortunate enough to live in an area with lots of farmers markets you can get good, locally grown fruits and vegetables at good prices. The thing about Whole Foods is every thing there is not super expensive. The prices of basic food staples like milk, bread, beans, rice, etc. are actually comparable to mainstream markets like Vons (Kroger) and Ralph’s. It is their specialty items that get pretty expensive. As good as it tastes, their Parmesan cheese is not worth $18.99 a pound. We stay away from those kinds of items. However, I like getting my meats from Whole Foods. I will pay extra for free range, drug free, organic chicken. My wife and kids’ health is worth the extra cost. Plus, they will cook up any meat you purchase for free. I am not sure if this is true at every WFM. However, it is the true for all of the ones in the Los Angeles area I have been to.