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on November 28, 2012

Most of you have probably heard of the “dirty dozen” of produce.  This term refers to the twelve fruits and vegetables that have traces of pesticides in the conventional versions tested.  The Environmental Working Group says that we should try to consume the organic version of these produce items whenever possible due to the likelihood of ingesting these pesticides.  Up until now, there have been twelve items to buy organic.  As of late, they have added two more.  I just thought you might want the whole list so you could keep it in mind the next time you are comparing prices at the grocery store.

The dirty fourteen (as told by EWG) are:

1. apples (98% of conventional varieties have measurable amounts of chemicals!)

2. celery

3. bell peppers

4. peaches

5. strawberries

6. nectarines (imported)

7. grapes (as a category, they have the most contaminants)

8. spinach

9. lettuce

10. cucumbers

11. blueberries (domestic)

12. potatoes

13. green beans

14. leafy greens (collard greens and kale)


The Environmental Working Group suggests that you limit the conventional versions of the above foods, meaning that your grocery bill will probably be a bit higher when selecting organic apples and celery, but don’t despair.  They also included a list of produce that is safe to consume in the conventional variety, dubbed the “Clean 15”.  This list includes the fruits and vegetables that have very little pesticides when tested.  At least you can make your decisions as to which produce to buy organic with a little more research behind you!  Thanks, EWG.

The Clean list:

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 hope this helps you in deciding which varieties of produce to buy at the grocery store!  Sometimes it’s nice when you can just use a list to make good decisions.  If you want to check out the Environmental Working Group in more detail, I encourage you to check out their website.

Here’s to your health (pesticide free)!



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