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The dirty dozen vs the clean 15

No real food blog is complete without a “dirty dozen vs the clean 15” post, so here’s ours! If this is your fist time seeing these lists then we’re happy to have helped.

What are the dirty dozen and clean 15? “The Dirty Dozen” are the foods that you should always try to buy organics as they have been found to have the highest amounts of pesticide residues on them. The foods that were found to have the lowest amounts of these residues, even when not organic, are “The Clean 15” (I love creative naming.)

The Environmental Working Group (an organization of scientists, researchers and policymakers) have expanded the typical “dirty dozen” and added domestically-grown summer squash and leafy greens, specifically kale and collards.

You can refer to their website for more detailed information at www.ewg.org

The Good

Good news first? These are the foods that even when not organic you don’t have to worry too much about.

The Clean 15

Asaparagus

Asparagus

Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe

Grapefruit

Grapefruit

Mushrooms

Mushrooms

Pineapples

Pineapples

Avocados

Avocados

Corn

Corn

Kiwi

Kiwi

Onions

Onions

Frozen Sweet Peas

Frozen Sweet Peas

Cabbage

Cabbage

Eggplant

Eggplant

Mangoes

Mangoes

Papayas

Papayas

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes


The Bad

 

The Dirty Dozen +

Apples

Apples

Cucumbers

Cucumbers

Nectarines - imported

Nectarines – imported

Spinach

Spinach

Kale / Collard Greens

Kale / Collard Greens

Celery

Celery

Grapes

Grapes

Peaches

Peaches

Strawberries

Strawberries

Summer Squash

Summer Squash

Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes

Hot Peppers

Hot Peppers

Potatoes

Potatoes

Sweet Bell Peppers

Sweet Bell Peppers

(images courtesy of www.ewg.org)

What does that all mean?

PBS also has a very informative article posted about these two lists and you can read further details here on www.pbs.org.

Here’s the bottom line. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Conventionally grown is better than none at all.  They truly can and should be snack foods more often than they are. Using this now common guide will help you avoid buying foods that have been found to have higher amounts of pesticide residues on them so you can make sure you get the cleanest nutrition for you and your family.

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I am a real food advocate and blogger at real2live.com

Tom Davis

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