Dirty Dozen // Clean Fifteen

Yesterday I talked about the coolest baby shower ever: one that involved making and canning purees. That day I also learned about the Clean Fifteen and the Dirty Dozen. Have you heard of those before? The idea is that not everything is treated the same in production and therefore you can prioritize which produce to buy organic, and which produce to skip the organic and save money with the smallest negative impact. I was surprised to see what was on this list, particularly the celery!  I definitely hadn’t been prioritizing my organic choices.

Apparently the dirty dozen are the 13 (baker’s dozen I guess) vegetables that are most likely to be heavily sprayed and you should prioritize these first when buying organically. I eat a lot of some of the things on this list: cucumbers, celery , apples, spinach, kale and collard greens. I didn’t necessarily buy organic for these veggies before, but I will now!

The Clean Fifteen are fruits and vegetables that are less likely to be sprayed. Therefore, if you can’t always buy organic, these are the most safe conventional options. A lot of these make sense, since the have peels. I was surprised by the sweet corn, though.

Dirty Dozen 

apples, celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, nectarines, peaches, snap peas, spinach, strawberries, sweet bell peppers, hot peppers, Kale/Collard Greens

Clean Fifteen

asparagus, avocado, cabbage, cantaloupe, cauliflower, eggplant, grapefruit, kiwi, mangoes, onions, papaya, pineapple, sweet corn, sweet peas (frozen), sweet potatoes 

All info is from the wonderful Shannon Boucher, MNT from Heirloom Nutrition who is a great resource for anything and everything nutrition!


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