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The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen.

I am a huge fan of organic produce. Much of it tastes better. In some studies, it has been shown to be more nutritious. And, you don’t have to worry so much about scary pesticides and sewage sludge being on your dinner.  But, the fact is, I can’t always find what I want in an organic version, and sometimes the organic version is just too expensive. That is why it is helpful to know which fruits and veggies have so much pesticide that you should be buying them in organic versions. It is also super helpful to know which ones have the lowest pesticide levels, so you can feel safe and not worry about buying them organically.

Here is the dirty dozen list (the bad guys you should be buying in organic versions):

  1. Peaches
  2. Apples
  3. Sweet Bell Peppers
  4. Celery
  5. Nectarines
  6. Strawberries
  7. Cherries
  8. Pears
  9. Grapes (Imported)
  10. Spinach
  11. Lettuce
  12. Potatoes
Another list I saw also listed carrots and kale (I am guessing any leafy green would be high in pesticides.)If you notice the trend, these foods all have thin or no skins. So, you can assume that most foods with thick skins (so the pesticides don’t soak through), or skins that must be peeled are safer. 

Here is the clean 15: 

  1. Onions
  2. Avocado
  3. Sweet corn
  4. Pineapple
  5. Mangoes
  6. Sweet peas
  7. Asparagus
  8. Kiwifruit
  9. Cabbage
  10. Eggplant
  11. Cantaloupe
  12. Watermelon
  13. Grapefruit
  14. Sweet potato
  15. Honeydew melon
If you are worried about how clean you veggies are, here is a great article from NPR about the best way to clean your produce.

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This entry was posted on December 28, 2011 by in Eat, Organic Produce.