Monday, July 23, 2012

The Dirty (and Not So Dirty) Dozen

Apples are #1 on the Dirty Dozen List!
Those who know me can tell you I'm a HUGE vegetable and fruit lover. You probably haven't met anyone who loves fruits and veggies more then myself; I can sit there and eat a bag of apples a day. I polish off cartons of raspberries, blueberries and blackberries like they're candy. I can eat beats like they're going out of style (they're probably my favorite vegetable).

Unfortunately living a mostly organic lifestyle, these things can cost a pretty penny, especially for me who can't seem to get enough of them!

Thanks to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), you can save a little extra money next time you go shopping for produce with their updated 2012 Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 List.

For those of you who aren't sure what the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 list is, it's a list compiled every year of the top 12 produce products you should buy organic because of high pesticide saturation to the top 15 products with the lowest saturation that would be safe to buy conventional (which is where saving you some money comes in to play).

Without further adieu, I give you the lists:

2012 Dirty Dozen List: Buy Organic!

1. apples
2. celery
3. sweet bell peppers
4. peaches
5. strawberries
6. nectarines (imported)
7. grapes
8. spinach
9. lettuce
10. cucumbers
11. blueberries (domestic)
12. potatoes

This year, the EWG also mentioned green beans and leafy greens (kale, spinach, arugula, etc) should also be bought organic.

2012 Clean 15 List: Foods Okay to Buy Conventional

1. onions
2. sweet corn
3. pineapples
4. avocado
5. cabbage
6. sweet peas
7. asparagus
8. mangoes
9. eggplant
10. kiwi
11. cantaloupe (domestic)
12. sweet potatoes
13. grapefruit
14. watermelon
15. mushrooms

Next time you head to the grocery store, you might want to take a copy of these two lists along just to be on the safe side! Not only will you be saving yourself some money, you'll be looking out for you and your family's health.


Susan Melgren. "The 2012 Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 Lists." 7-12-12. 7/21/12. (


Rebecca said...

I've stopped buying raspberry because they never make it home from the store i eat before i get home it's bad

Teena in Toronto said...

I like fruit ... I'm not a fan of veggies :(

Unknown said...

I love fruits too! Oranges are my favorite :x

Colette S said...

Interesting that they make lists :)

I buy what I can afford.

thanks God we can get fruits now. We love fruits here too! :)

Unknown said...

Such a useful list. I didn't know about the apples, better start that! We each eat an apple per day LOL