What is the Dirty Dozen?

We’ve all heard of “organic” food right? But what does it mean? Essentially it’s an attempt by the government to regulate good food production, sustainability and the ethical treatment of livestock (read more here).

Which Vegetables and Fruits Should You Eat

Ideally, we would all eat organic all the time, but it isn’t always available, and the price can be exorbitant. Here is the “clean 15, and dirty dozen”: the top 15 produce that are okay to consume if theyr’e not organic (less pesticide, etc. used to maintain the crop), and the top 12 that you should always attempt to consume organically.

Clean 15 (starting with least contaminated)

  • Onions
  • Sweet corn
  • Pineapple
  • Avocado
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet peas
  • Asparagus
  • Mangoes
  • Eggplant
  • Kiwi
  • Cantaloupe
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Grapefruit
  • Watermelon
  • Mushrooms
Dirty Dozen (starting with the most contaminated)

  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Sweet peppers
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Nectarines
  • Grapes
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumbers
  • Blueberries
  • Potatoes

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