The Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen
Posted March 8th, 2022
It can be hard figuring out what’s healthy and what’s not. There are so many things to consider these days…does it have additives, pesticides, GMOs….the list goes on and on.
Luckily, when it comes to fruits and vegetables it’s pretty straightfoward, thanks to something that the Environmental Working Group calls the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen”. Take this list to the grocery store with you while you are shopping to make it easier.
The “Dirty Dozen” are the fruits and vegetables that have been found to contain the most pesticides. These are the ones that you will want to buy organic, when possible:
- Kale, Collard, and Mustard Greens
- Bell & Hot Peppers
The “Clean Fifteen” are the fruits and vegetables that contain the least amount of pesticides:
- Sweet Corn (some of the sweet corn in the US is made with GMO seeds, so buy organic or non-GMO sweet corn if you want to avoid GMO)
- Papaya (some of the papaya in the US is also made with GMO seeds, so buy organic or non-GMO papaya if you want to avoid GMO)
- Sweet Peas Frozen
- Honeydew Melon