The “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15”

Sounds like we’re talking about a game show or something, right? Nope! We’re actually talking about fruits and veggies and how to know when or when not to buy organic. Organic produce typically carries a higher price tag and isn’t available in all areas, so the Environmental Working Group’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides is a great starting point for you to limit your exposure to pesticides while staying within reason. You can lower your pesticide intake substantially by avoiding the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables (the “Dirty Dozen”) and eating the least contaminated produce (the “Clean 15”).

The “Dirty Dozen” (means ‘buy organic‘)

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Strawberries
  4. Peaches
  5. Spinach
  6. Nectarines (imported)
  7. Grapes (imported)
  8. Sweet Bell Peppers
  9. Potatoes
  10. Blueberries (domestic)
  11. Lettuce
  12. Kale/Collard Greens

The “Clean 15 (means ‘okay to eat’)

  1. Onions
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Avocado
  5. Asparagus
  6. Sweet Peas
  7. Mangoes
  8. Eggplant
  9. Cantaloupe (domestic)
  10. Kiwi
  11. Cabbage
  12. Watermelon
  13. Sweet Potatoes
  14. Grapefruit
  15. Mushrooms
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