The Environmental Working Group has five amazing tips for you to keep in mind when preparing for a healthy Thanksgiving feast.
- With so much confusing information on food labels these days, we could all use some help navigating our way through the grocery store. From cranberry sauce to dessert, EWG’s Food Scores database is here to help you make healthier, greener choices for you and your family this Thanksgiving.
- Concerned about pesticides on fruits and veggies? Use EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce to avoid the Dirty Dozen – the non-organic fruits and vegetables that are highest in pesticide residues – and choose items from the Clean Fifteen list instead.
- Stuffing is always a holiday favorite, but did you know that store-bought stuffing mixes often have 30 or more ingredients, including preservatives from EWG’s Dirty Dozen list of food additives? More than half of the stuffing rated on Food Scores are likely to contain ingredients of high or moderate concern, so we recommend making your own or using EWG’s Food Scores to pick one of the top-scoring products.
- Turkeys are often fed antibiotics and growth promoters in their feed to encourage development of lean muscle instead of fat. (No wonder they look the way they do!) Consider going organic and antibiotic-free this year and check out our guide to decoding turkey labels to help you choose a better bird this Thanksgiving.
- Avoid the problematic preservatives BHA and BHT, which often turn up in potato mixes that have added bacon, butter or cheese. If you make your mashed potatoes from scratch or from a box, add your own fixings at home instead. Click here to see how your favorite mashed potatoes score on Food Scores.
However and whatever you choose to buy or eat, the most important thing to remember, is to be happy and Thankful.
Resource: Environmental Working Group (EWG)