The dirty dozen!

Have you ever heard of “The dirty dozen”. No, not the 1967 movie, but the dirty little fruits and veggies in your grocery store! The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has compiled a list of foods that are conventionally grown that  allow pesticides to stick to them more so than others do. Those 12+are known as the dirty dozen and for your health’s sake and that of your family, unless you like eating a whole slew of chemicals, should be bought organically. Is there a farmers market near you? I’m sure they have a lot of fresh produce as well as other goodies. Or if you can, growing them yourself is a fun option. Just a little side note, the EWG and your mama want you to eat your fruits and veggies so if you have to buy conventional scrub the dickens out of the little boogers. And try not to buy the ones conventionally you can’t scrub. 😉 Here is a list of those dirty little rascals.

 Dirty Dozen

Apples
Peaches
Nectarines
Strawberries
Celery
celery
Spinach
Sweet bell peppers
Cucumbers
Cherry tomatoes
Imported Snap peas
Potatoes
Hot peppers
Kale and collard greens.

Kale
Kale

There are conventional fruits and veggies that are considered cleaner and safer. The best option of course, a local farmers market or growing them yourself.

Clean Fifteen

Some of the yummy clean 15! Photo credit: Everydayhealth.com
Some of the yummy clean 15! Photo credit: Everydayhealth.com

Avocados
Sweet corn
Pineapples
Cabbage
Frozen Sweet peas
Onions
Asparagus
Mangos
Papayas
Kiwi
Eggplant
Grapefruit
Cantaloupe
Cauliflower
Sweet potatoes

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