The Dirty Dozen & Clean 15

Friday, April 17, 2015

Let’s talk organic! You can reduce the amount of toxins you eat by buying organic fruits and veggies whenever possible to avoid consuming pesticides. Buying organic may cost more, but it is an investment in your health. Still, organic is more important for some fruits and vegetables over others. Take the lists below with you when you shop!

The Dirty Dozen

Food guru Dr. Andrew Weil, among other leading health experts, recommends that we buy organic for the following dozen fruits and veggies:

1. Apples
2. Strawberries
3. Grapes
4. Celery
5. Peaches
6. Spinach
7. Sweet bell peppers
8. Nectarines (imported)
9. Cucumbers
10. Cherry tomatoes
11. Snap peas (imported)
12. Potatoes

In addition, HOT PEPPERS, KALE, COLLARD GREENS and BLUEBERRIES are top ORGANIC priorities, because they may contain organophosphate insecticides, which are characterized as "highly toxic" and of special concern.


The Clean 15

Dr. Weill and other health experts further suggest these “Clean 15” -- foods you don’t necessarily have to buy organic:

1. Avocados
2. Sweet corn (non-GMO)
3. Pineapples
4. Cabbage
5. Sweet peas (frozen)
6. Onions
7. Asparagus
8. Mangoes
9. Papayas
10. Kiwi
11. Eggplant
12. Grapefruit
13. Cantaloupe (domestic)
14. Cauliflower
15. Sweet potatoes


Take these lists with you or keep them on your mobile phone, so the next time you’re in the produce section you can pull up this information and be an educated consumer!