Updated Lists: Clean Fifteen™ & Dirty Dozen™

A healthy diet is one full of fruits and vegetables.  But as good as they are for you, sometimes fruits and vegetables are contaminated with toxic pesticides.

The Dirty Dozen™ and Clean Fifteen™ lists published by the EWG (Environmental Working Group) help consumers make better decisions about which foods are most likely to be contaminated by pesticides and therefore should be purchased in the organic form when available.  The Dirty Dozen™ and Clean Fifteen™ lists were updated for 2013.  Get the pen and paper out – this is worth jotting down.

The Dirty Dozen™  – Buy organic whenever possible to reduce harmful toxins

  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Imported nectarines
  • Cucumbers
  • Potatoes
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Hot peppers

Note:  Kale, Collard greens and Summer squash have been put on a list of their own – The Dirty Dozen Plus™ – because they are commonly contaminated with pesticides exceptionally toxic to the nervous system.

The Clean Fifteen™  – Buy nonorganics with confidence

  • Corn
  • Onions
  • Pineapples
  • Avocados
  • Cabbage
  • Frozen sweet peas
  • Papayas
  • Mangoes
  • Asparagus
  • Eggplant
  • Kiwi
  • Grapefruit
  • Cantaloupe
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Mushrooms

Bottom line:  A diet rich with fruits and vegetables, organic or non-organic, is good for you.  Use the Clean Fifteen™ and Dirty Dozen™ lists to reduce your pesticide intake as much as possible and make the best possible choices for you and your family.  

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