It’s no secret that organic produce is healthier for you and the planet. But, it’s not always affordable. When trying to decide which foods you should absolutely buy organic and ones you can get away with buying conventionally consider this, the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” lists. The dirty dozen list is comprised of fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide residues. The clean fifteen, is just the opposite, foods with the lowest pesticide residues.
The food that makes it to the “dirty dozen” list are foods that you should try your best to buy organic. They include, in order of highest concentration of pesticides:
1. Apples (surprise!)
8. Sweet Bell Peppers
The “clean fifteen” are:
2. Sweet Corn
6. Sweet Peas
12. Watermelon (although, I’ve had organic and have to say, it’s really tasty!)
13. Sweet potatoes
Personally, I like to buy all my fruits and veggies organically. I really think they taste better and most are grown locally so my purchase is helping to support my local farmers and I feel good about that. But it doesn’t always work out that way. Sometimes it’s just not affordable. Well, with the dirty dozen and clean fifteen lists, you can make the safest, most affordable choices without having to sacrifice too much of your health.
And hey, if you can grow these foods yourself, more power to ya!
Happy shopping and healthy eating!