12 fruits & veggies you should always buy organic

Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 vegetables
Are these veggies on the Dirty Dozen list?

With farmer's market season just around the corner, we thought it was best to revisit the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 list of 2013. See below for why this list is important and stay tuned for the updated 2014 Dirty Dozen list.

We do our best to buy as much organic produce as possible, not only because it’s better for the Earth, but according to holistic nutritionist Christa Orecchio, eating conventional produce can expose your body to 50-70 different chemicals. Ew. If you’re on a budget or in a pinch at the supermarket, you don’t have to always buy organic. Just remember the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15.

The Dirty Dozen are fruits and veggies that can contain a high amount of pesticides and toxins. The Clean 15 aren’t as heavily sprayed and therefore, don’t have to always be organic. Don’t see one of your kitchen staples on the list? Remember this: Organic is always best, especially if the skin is edible. 

The Dirty Dozen:

Apples
Celery
Cherry Tomatoes
Cucumbers
Grapes
Hot Peppers
Nectarines - Imported
Peaches
Potatoes
Spinach
Strawberries
Sweet Bell Peppers 

*Dr. Andrew Weil and the Environmental Working Group also note that kale, collards and other dark leafy greens as well as summer squash should be added to this list.

Clean 15

Asparagus
Avocado
Cabbage
Cantaloupe
Sweet Corn
Eggplant
Grapefruit
Kiwi
Mangos
Mushrooms
Onions
Papayas
Pineapple
Sweet Peas - Frozen
Sweet Potatoes 

Find out more about why buying organic is best for your family and the planet

Comments

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Hope you enjoy

Asparagus & Cabbage???

Should NOT be on Clean 15 list!!!

Leafy greens

The dark leafy greens would indeed be added to the 'Dirty Dozen' list. You should always buy organic when can and wash well.

Clean or dirty

The comment about dark leafy greens being added to a list. What list are they speaking of?

The Dirty Dozen

Dark leafy greens fits under the dirty dozen these days. Same as spinach and lettuce. They are unfortunately sprayed with a myriad of chemicals to keep insects and fungal diseases at bay. You won't find anything fuzzy on these leaves. So, whenever possible buy organic as it is just about impossible to wash the contaminates from the leaves. Or with a little bit of info you can easily sprout the seeds organically for a real fresh as it gets nutrient boost (see Thrive or Vega on sprouting). Cheers G.

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