Have you ever been grocery shopping and wanted to buy organic, but didn’t want to stomach the prices for the entire cart to be organic? Then you will want to learn the clean fifteen and dirty dozen lists so you can know which produce you should prioritize purchasing organic.
What is the Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen?
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 least 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 is the 12 vegetables that are most likely to be heavily sprayed with pesticides and therefore, dirty with additional potential toxins. You should prioritize these fruits and vegetables first when buying organically.
The Environmental Working Group studies the pesticide levels in food each year and updates this list, so what was clean last year may not be this year.
I eat a lot of some of the things on this list: celery, spinach, kale, and peaches. 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.
Why does this matter?
Remember, pesticides can’t be washed off the surface of your produce.
They are sprayed consistently during the life-cycle and end up being absorbed through the groundwater into the flesh of the plants. This is why it is important to avoid pesticides and go organic when possible.
A bonus, if you buy an item that is certified USDA Organic, it also means it is non-GMO.
Important Changes in 2019
Kale joined the Dirty Dozen and Sweet Potatoes left the Clean 15. As these two foods are staples in the wellness community, it might be good to consider switching to organic.
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet Peas Frozen
- Honeydew Melons
- Hot Peppers