The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15

The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15

Summer has arrived here on the east coast, and produce is just starting to flow into the farmer's markets. I find that it can be so tricky to keep track of which produce and veggies are the best to purchase -  organic versus non, GMOs, organic, local, pesticides...it's enough to drive one crazy.

When I first heard about the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 I kind of dismissed the phrases and yet another trendy way to refer to something that is pretty stretighforward. It actually helps a lot though because it's a great way to remember what we should and should not be buy-in god the shelf, or at he very least avoiding.

As i said, I did NOT come up with these labels, but wanted to break them down for you here if you are looking for a quick list to memorize or even just keep handy when buying produce.

Dirty Dozen:

These are the dozen produce and vegetables that contain the highest amount of pesticides. They should be purchased organically or avoided completely when organic is not available.

Strawberries:
Spinach
Nectarines
Apples
Peaches
Pears
Cherries
Grapes
Celery
Tomatoes
Sweet Bell Peppers
Potatoes
Hot Peppers

The Clean 15:

These are the top 15 food items with the LOWEST amount of pesticides. Luckily, there are some of my favorites on here!

Sweet Corn
Avocado
Pineapple
Cabbage
Onion
Frozen sweet peas
Papayas
Asparagus
Mangoes
Eggplant
Honeydew Melon
Kiwi
Cantaloupe
Cauliflower
Grapefruit

As part of my efforts to help make your meal prep and shopping easier, I do hope this helps! Are any of your favorites on this list? Comment Below!

As always....

Onward!

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