Monday, January 30, 2012

The Dirty Dozen

I'm sure most of you all already know this information, but I thought I would blog about it as well in case you don't. I've seen posts about this topic on two of  my FAV blogs, The Southern Eclectic and Apples & Onions (You all should check out both blogs STAT!). Basically, the dirty dozen are the dozen fruits and veggies that you should buy organic if your budget allows. I'm not a shopper that buys everything organic because of the cost, but am happy to purchase the dirty dozen orangic since its allover better for your health and food safety.

The Dirty Dozen
1. Apples
2. Celery
3. Strawberries
4. Peaches
5. Spinach
6. Nectarines (imported)
7. Grapes (imported)
8. Sweet bell peppers
9. Potatoes (not including sweet potatoes, which are part of The Clean Fifteen)
10. Blueberries
11. Lettuces
12. Kale and collard greens (a tie)

Dirty Dozen Cheat Sheet

Along with the Dirty Dozen they have the Clean 15, for the 15 items where you are totally ok to NOT buy organic. 
The Clean 15
1. Onions
2. Sweet Corn
3. Pineapple
4. Avocado
5. Asparagus
6. Sweet peas
7. Mango
8. Eggplant
9. Cantaloupe (domestic)
10. Kiwi
11. Cabbage
12. Watermelon
13. Sweet Potatoes
14. Grapefruit
These lists do change from time to time, the EWG's (Enviromental Working Group) website is a great resource to stay up to date on this information.

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