The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15

If you know me, then you know I try to purchase organic produce most of the time. However, sometimes it’s not always possible or it gets too expensive! Luckily, the EWG (Environmental Working Group) releases a “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15” list to help guide us as to which produce is to best to buy organic and which ones are okay to buy conventional. These two lists are updated every year and ranks pesticide contamination in different fruits and veggies.

The top 15 foods with the least amount of pesticide contamination or the “Clean 15” and the the top 12 foods with the most amount of pesticide contamination are the “Dirty Dozen.” However, in their latest report, the EWG actually has 13 “dirty” foods. My type A personality is very annoyed by this, but whatever...the more info the better, right?

Dirty Dozen:

1. Strawberries

2. Spinach

3. Nectarines

4. Apples

5. Peaches

6. Pears

7. Cherries

8. Grapes

9. Celery

10. Tomatoes

11. Sweet bell peppers

12. Potatoes

+Hot Peppers

The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15

Clean 15:

1. Sweet Corn*

2. Avocados

3. Pineapples

4. Cabbage

5. Onions

6. Sweet peas frozen

7. Papayas*

8. Asparagus

9. Mangos


11. Honeydew Melon

12. Kiwi

13. Cantaloupe

14. Cauliflower

15. Grapefruit

* Per the EWG, a small amount of sweet corn, papaya and summer squash sold in the United States is produced from Genetically Engineered (GE) seed stock. Buy organic varieties of these crops if you want to avoid Genetically Engineered produce.

I highly recommend that all produce on the “dirty dozen” list is purchased organic if possible. But, avocados rank very high on the “Clean 15” list so I see that as major win! Woohoo!

I recommend that you just copy this down into your phone so you have it whenever you go to the grocery store for easy access. However, remember that any produce is better than no produce, so if you have to buy conventional until you have the access or funds to purchase organic, than do that!

If you want to take a look at the EWG’s data, then that a look at the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 from their website. Hope this helps!!

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