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Go Green or Bust? When to Buy Organic

Pesticides, parabens, phthalates, oh my! You know you should go green, but living eco-friendly 24/7 can be pretty rough on your wallet. (Little known fact: "Organic" is Latin for "expensive.") The truth is, while there are a few arenas in life where you should shell out for the greenest label possible (spinach, we're looking at you!), there are also products you can safely skip. Read on and let us navigate you through the eco-green waters.
meat Animal Products

Verdict: Go green

Pick your protein wisely. Organically raised cows, chickens, and pigs are not given antibiotics (which may pave the way to drug-resistance in humans), their feed has not been genetically tweaked, and they may be treated in a more humane way, says Newgent. (Interestingly, chickens and pigs raised in the U.S. are never given hormones, rendering a "hormone-free" label relatively meaningless.) Besides protecting yourself from potential superbugs, you might be sparing your waistline: Organic meat is brimming with Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), thought to promote weight loss and lessen your risk of cancer and heart disease; organic milk may contain higher amounts of health-promoting nutrients like beta-carotene and omega-3 fatty acids, along with CLA.