The dirty dozen

Some fruit and vegetables – called “the dirty dozen” (although there are now 14) – tend to have a high pesticide load, which means they are more prone to picking up synthetic chemicals used in pesticides in conventional farming. It’s therefore recommended you try to opt for organic as best you can.

If you can’t afford to buy organic, or don’t have organic options, then maybe go for the “clean fifteen” instead – the fruit and veg that are considered relatively safer to buy as non-organic, as they have a lower pesticide load.

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The Dirty Dozen:

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Cherry Tomatoes
  4. Cucumbers
  5. Grapes
  6. Hot Peppers
  7. Nectarines
  8. Peaches
  9. Potatoes
  10. Spinach
  11. Strawberries
  12. Sweet Bell Peppers
  13. Kale/Collard Greens
  14. Summer Squash

The Clean Fifteen:

  1. Asparagus
  2. Avocados
  3. Cabbage
  4. Cantaloupe
  5. Sweet Corn (not to be confused with potentially GMO canned corn)
  6. Eggplant
  7. Grapefruit
  8. Kiwi
  9. Mangoes
  10. Mushrooms
  11. Onions
  12. Papayas
  13. Pineapples
  14. Sweet Peas
  15. Sweet Potatoes

 

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