The Dirty Dozen
These days it seems everyone wants to do the healthy thing and eat organic. However, it can be not only cost prohibitive but also not necessary. Each year there is a list put out by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) called “the dirty dozen” that helps us to know what items we should all be focusing on for our organic eating. These are the foods that are most likely to be unhealthy for us due to the pesticides and other unnatural and unhealthy things that are added and absorbed. Likewise there are items that do not necessarily need to be organic in order to be “clean” or otherwise healthy.
Here is a list that might be useful as you decide what section of the grocery store to buy your produce:
The fruits and veggies with the most pesticides (the “Dirty Dozen Plus“) for 2015 are:
- Sweet bell peppers
- Cherry tomatoes
- Snap peas (imported)
The “Dirty Dozen Plus” includes:
- Hot peppers
- Kale / Collard greens
It is recommended that if you are going to focus on buying a limited number of items from the organic section, that the above items be the ones that your money goes toward.
The fruits and veggies with the least pesticides (the “Clean Fifteen“) are:
- Sweet corn
- Sweet peas (frozen)
- Sweet potatoes
The above 15 are less likely to be “dirty” from pesticides, and if you must make a choice on how to spend your grocery budget, these items do not need to come from the organic section. As always, it is encouraged to still wash your items before you use them for eating or cooking.