The Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen

I am sure you already know how important it is to feed yourself and your loved ones the best quality food available. Are you aware, however, that certain fruits and vegetables are better for you when purchased organically?  

There are so many toxins in our environment and pesticides and chemicals on our food. I wanted to give you a handy tool to help you make the best decisions possible while taking a trip to your local market.  I have included the “Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen” list of foods.

The Dirty Dozen are the fruits and vegetables that contain the most amount of pesticides. Even when you wash the fruits and vegetables, the pesticides that were sprayed onto the plants and on the ground get into the root system of the plant. You sure don’t want to ingest these toxic chemicals.  Try to purchase these foods labeled organic as much as possible. This is really important!

 The Clean Fifteen are those that can be purchased conventionally when organic is not an option.  They are the fruits and vegetables that have been shown to contain the least amount of pesticides.

Dirty Dozen

  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapes
  • Necatarines
  • Peaches
  • Potatoes
  • Snap Peas
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Bell Pepper
  • And, Hot Peppers, Kale & Collard Greens

Clean Fifteen

  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cauliflower
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Mangoes
  • Onions
  • Papayas
  • Pineapples
  • Sweet Corn (Frozen)
  • Sweet Peas
  • Sweet Potatoes