The Dirty Dozen And The Clean Fifteen

| July 10, 2012

The Dirty Dozen And The Clean Fifteen

Written By: Michelle, The Green-Mother

After doing some research, I found out that the fruits and vegetables that are displayed at my local grocery store may be covered with the following:

– bug killers,

– fungicides,

– and other toxins.

Research conducted by the U. S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration  found detectible pesticide residues on 68 percent of food samples.

 As a mother with young children, it is important for me to eat as clean as possible. With the rising cost of food now a days, it is not always possible and realistic to purchase everything organic. Organic food can be expensive and not affordable for most.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has put together a list of fruits and vegetables that they believe should be purchased organic whenever possible. I have put together a list of “The Dirty Dozen” and “The Clean Fifteen”.

The Dirty Dozen (purchase these organic where possible):

1. Apples
2. Celery
3. Sweet bell peppers
4. Peaches
5. Strawberries
6. Nectarines – imported
7. Grapes
8. Spinach
9. Lettuce
10. Cucumbers
11. Blueberries – domestic
12. Potatoes

The Clean Fifteen (ok to purchase non organic):

1. Onions
2. Sweet Corn
3. Pineapples
4. Avocado
5. Cabbage
6. Sweet Peas
7. Asparagus
8. Mangoes
9. Eggplant
10. Kiwi
11. Cantaloupe – domestic
12. Sweet Potatoes
13. Grapefruit
14. Watermelon
15. Mushrooms

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