Consumer Reports: Tips on how to save while shopping healthy

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, most of us feel that higher-priced foods means they are healthier, so Consumer Reports offered tips on how to save while shopping healthy.

While buying organic produce is a great way to limit your exposure to chemical pesticide residues, you can be picky about your picks.

Some non-organic produce is very low in pesticides. According to Consumer Reports tests, avocados, corn and onions are a few, but you can be thrifty when buying organic.

"You can save money by buying store-brand organics and by getting them in bulk," said Ellen Kunes of Consumer Reports. "In fact, some organics are actually cheaper than regular brands."

She added that consumers shouldn't be tempted into buying expensive processed foods just because they say "healthy" or "natural" on the box. Instead, Consumer Reports food experts advise that a good rule of thumb is to look for a short ingredient list. Those foods will probably be less processed, with more wholesome ingredients.

On average, a family of four throws out $1,500 worth of food a year, and you can save money by thinking about what food you're going to buy, and how you're going to use it.

"Buying in-season produce means you'll eat cheaper, fresher fruits and veggies, but if you have to eat something like blueberries in winter, save money and buy frozen instead," Kunes added.

Put overripe fruits and veggies in the freezer, as those bruised bananas and berries can be delicious in smoothies or breads. Imperfect veggies can make a perfect homemade soup.

Lastly, the more the grocer does for you, more often the more you'll pay. Pre-washed, pre-portioned and pre-cut means a higher bill at check-out.

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