Know your produce – The Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15

I don’t know about you but I start to glaze over when I hit the supermarket produce section and have to decide what is an absolute must to buy organic and what is ok to go with non-organic. In a perfect world, I would buy all organic (and make that local too) produce but it can be pricey. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) issued a “Dirty Dozen” list – a list of actually 14 fruits and vegetables that should be at the top of your “buy organic” list, as well as the “Clean 15” – a list of fruits and veggies which are lowest in pesticides.

“The Dirty Dozen”

Buy organic:

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Sweet bell peppers
  4. Peaches
  5. Strawberries
  6. Nectarines – imported
  7. Grapes
  8. Spinach
  9. Lettuce
  10. Cucumbers
  11. Blueberries – domestic
  12. Potatoes
  13. Green beans
  14. Kale/Greens

” The Clean 15″

Lowest in Pesticide

  1. Onions
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Avocado
  5. Cabbage
  6. Sweet peas
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangoes
  9. Eggplant
  10. Kiwi
  11. Cantaloupe
  12. – domestic
  13. Sweet potatoes
  14. Grapefruit
  15. Watermelon

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