Dirty Dozen and Clean 15- Which Foods Should be Purchased with the Organic Label?

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Confused about which items to buy with the “organic” label and which fruits are vegetables are safe without spending for the organic version?

Have you heard of “The Dirty Dozen” foods or  “The Clean Fifteen“? Thanks to  Green Bay Consumer for publishing this list.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) puts out a list every year of the fruits and vegetables that are found in grocery stores and their pesticide levels.  The group recommends that any of the produce found on The Dirty Dozen be avoided unless it’s organic.  This  year the list contains one dozen + two:

  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
  13. Green Beas
  14. Kale/Greens

Conversely, the EWG also puts out a list of The Clean Fifteen, the 15 safest fruits and veggies because they contain the least amount of pesticides.

  1. Onions
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapple
  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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