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Updated Dirty Dozen & Clean 15 List

I shop for a family of five and we rarely eat out so I am always trying to budget our grocery bills. When trying to eat healthy, this can be challenging.  If you are on a budget or have limited availability to organic produce, utilize the  Dirty Dozen list and shop organic for these fruits and veggies.farmersmarket Also pay attention to the Clean Fifteen List.  It’s ok to shop non-organic for these fruits and vegetables.

The Environmental Working Group has released its 2015 lists of the most and least pesticide-contaminated produce. These lists are compiled from U.S. Department of Agriculture pesticide residue data on 48 fruits and vegetables. About 2/3 of the produce samples tested positive (toxic) and apples are the most toxic for a fifth year in a row.

DIRTY DOZEN (Most toxic – Buy Organic)

  1. Apples
  2. Peaches
  3. Nectarines
  4. Strawberries
  5. Grapes
  6. Celery
  7. Spinach
  8. Sweet Bell Peppers
  9. Cucumbers
  10. Cherry Tomatoes
  11. Snap Peas (imported)
  12. Potatoes

 CLEAN FIFTEEN (Least toxic – Ok to buy Non-Organic)

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapple
  4. Cabbage
  5. Sweet Peas (frozen)
  6. Onions
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangos
  9. Papaya
  10. Kiwi
  11. Eggplant
  12. Grapefruit
  13. Cantalope
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Sweet Potatoes

Washing produce will help cut down on pesticides for some fruits and veggies.  Checkout my Washing Produce Guidelines and Homemade Produce Wash.



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