The Dirty Dozen & The Clean Fifteen!

1 Nov



[Edit: Again, a lot of these posts are written in advance. This new study about organic food was released on Sept. 4th. They claim that organic produce is not necessarily more nutritious than non-organic produce. I was telling a friend that I found this strange because I never thought that was the case. I just believe that the benefit of buying organic is that your produce will contain less/no pesticide/hormones/antibiotics. Anyway, it’s an interesting read.]


I’ve written before about trying to make sure that our family eats healthy meals and about the inevitable times when I fail at this!


Here is something that I think may help:

The Environmental Working Group’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce.


It lists the “Dirty Dozen” (produce that you should buy organic because they are commonly contaminated by pesticides) and the “Clean Fifteen” (produce that is low in pesticide).



(buy these 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



(low 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 (domestic)
  12. Sweet potatoes
  13. Grapefruit
  14. Watermelon
  15. Mushrooms


I’ve heard of it before and was glad to find the full list! I find it so helpful to know what non-organic (read: cheaper) produce I can get away with without the guilt!

Here’s their handy, printable PDF file that you can bring along with you to the store.



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