Did you know that not all fruits and vegetables are created equal? The list of the Dirty 12 and the Clean 15 show you which fruits and veggies should be bought organically, and which you can buy conventionally.
I know that buying organic produce is not in everyone’s budget, but I think if you can buy organic on the Dirty 12 list, you are doing yourself a favor.
If you are in meal planning, consider thinking about buying the fruits and vegetables below organic.
What does the Dirty 12 list of fruits and vegetables mean?
Pesticides are on almost all conventional fruits and vegetables – they are what help the veggies and fruits grow without all the bugs getting on them and killing them.
But the Dirty 12 list shows you the 12 fruits and vegetables that have the most pesticide residue left over on them. That’s why it’s so important to buy these fruits and veggies organic instead of regularly.
We are in the process buying all of these dirty 12 fruits and veggies organic because I just learned about this. I can’t believe this list (it has been updated for the 2016 EWG’s Shoppers Guide).
The Dirty 12:
- bell peppers
- cherry tomatoes
+ hot peppers
+ kale/collard greens
What does the Clean 15 list of fruits and veggies mean?
These are 15 fruits and veggies that you can buy conventionally and don’t need to be purchased as organic produce. They don’t have as many pesticides on them and are considered your “clean” fruits and veggies.
The Clean 15:
- sweet peas – frozen
- sweet corn
+ sweet potatoes
Am I trying to require you to buy organic produce? No, obviously not. I want you to be aware of this list of the Dirty 12 and the Clean 15 so that you can make an informed decision yourself.
I feel like being informed is the best thing you can do for yourself and your family. Please take this information to heart and remember to buy organic produce that is on the Dirty 12 list!