This episode of the Healthy Family Project podcast is all all about how to shop for organic foods. We’re joined by Sally Kuzemchak, our official registered dietitian and author of Sally dispels the myths and breaks down everything you need to know about buying organic.

You can’t walk into a grocery store without seeing all sorts of labels making bold health claims including organic labels on fresh and packaged foods. There is a lot of confusion among shoppers around what the organic label means, does organic equal healthy, and what nutrition information should actually be taken into account when making food purchases.

As Sally notes “organic cookies are still cookies” and shoppers should not be duped into thinking organic always means the food item is healthy. Sally breaks down the meaning of organic when it comes to food labels, what we should know about the dirty dozen list, and what food items to prioritize when it comes to deciding between conventional and organic.

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What We Cover:

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  • 2:40 Welcome back, Sally!
  • 3:24 Does organic mean healthy?
  • 5:58 What we need to know about the dirty dozen list?
  • 11:40 Prioritizing conventional vs organic foods
  • 14:14 Healthy Bite Featuring YoQuiero Brands
  • 17:09 How are organic labels regulated?
  • 19:30 Online resources to learn more about organic foods and labels
  • 22:17 What should parents be doing when it comes to shopping organic?

Healthy Bites Featuring the YoQuiero Brands

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About Our Guest, Sally Kuzemchak

Sally is a registered dietitian, author, and mom of two boys. She blogs at, a “no-judgement zone” for feeding families. She is the author of two books, The 101 Healthiest Foods For Kids, a guidebook to the best whole foods for kids, and Cooking Light Dinnertime Survival Guide, a cookbook for busy families.

An award-winning reporter and writer, Sally serves as a Contributing Editor for Parents magazine and a blogger for WebMD. Her writing has been published in magazines including Prevention, Health, Family Circle, Eating Well, Fitness, and Shape. 

Sally received her master’s degree in dietetics from The Ohio State University and resides in Columbus, OH with her family.

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