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Dirty Dozen & Clean 15

The new Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 Lists have been released for 2013.

The dirty, pesticide & herbicide laden list of 12 produce items have the highest levels of pesticide residue (even after being washed and peeled). So if you are interested in organics, these products are the ones that you want to focus on (in order of importance).

These twelve foods are where you want to spend the extra money on organic produce whenever possible:

  1. Apples
  2. Strawberries
  3. Grapes
  4. Celery
  5. Peaches
  6. Spinach
  7. Sweet Bell Peppers
  8. Nectarines- imported
  9. Cucumbers
  10. Potatoes
  11. Cherry Tomatoes
  12. Hot Peppers

And here is the Clean 15 list for 2013.  These are the items with the least amount of pesticide contamination found so when budget is tight and availability are scarce these are acceptable when buying non-organic.

  1. Sweet Corn (Although at the top of EWG ‘s  list, we at YAH are suspect with corn! Corn is a high GMO crop – ask and confirm that it is not a GMO corn variety)
  2. Onions
  3. Pineapple
  4. Avocado
  5. Cabbage
  6. Sweet Peas- frozen
  7. Papaya (The varieties of non-organic papaya that you should stay away from are the GMO ones and they are:  Rainbow, Sunrise,/Sun Up, Kamiya Laie)
  8. Mangos
  9. Asparagus
  10. Eggplant
  11. Kiwi
  12. Grapefruit
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Sweet Potato
  15. Mushrooms ( You should also be careful with eating mushrooms, ask your Grocer or Grower what they grow their mushrooms on to ensure that they are not contaminated)

And there is also a Dirty Dozen Plus- these items are not on the Dirty Dozen list but still something to try to find in organic if you can:

  1. Summer Squash
  2. Leafy Greens (kale and collards in particular)

And if you want to have this list on the go:

There is a free Dirty Dozen app you can grab that has these lists available.

Please remember that eating someproduce is better then no produce in your diet 🙂 The list above is a guideline to help us all transition away from dangerously high levels of pesticides foods to clean foods.  Your buying power is your vote for health and a vote against those money driven non-organic Growers.


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