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Should I shop @ a supermarket before finding out if they have organic products and if I can’t afford transportation costs to the supermarket is their an alternative to still getting a good and healthy food products?

Organic fruits and vegetables have not been proven to be more nutritious for you than traditionally harvested fruits and vegetables. Some have expressed concern that pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables cause adverse health effects, but little evidence supports this. In fact, see just how many fruits and vegetables you would need to consume to even come close to anything that might be harmful. The benefits of eating fruits and vegetables (regardless of how they are farmed) out weigh any risk of consuming fruits and vegetables grown with pesticides. Remember to wash all fruits and vegetables before consuming to remove any excess dirt or bacteria and visit our Fruit & Veggie Database for selection and storage information.

If you have limited access to supermarkets, remember that all forms—fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100% juice—of fruits and vegetables are equally as nutritious for you! Canned, dried, and 100% juice forms of fruits and vegetables are always a great choice for consumers that have limited access because they have a longer shelf-life. Click here to access a free brochure called “Save Time and Money” that has tips and recipes that use low cost healthy food items.

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