What do apples, spinach, and hot peppers have in common? Only that they are DIRTY … dirty with pesticides and chemicals that consumers do not want to mess with!
But wait, there are more! More fruits and vegetables that read “DANGER ZONE” when buying. These items are commonly known as the “Dirty Dozen,” a classified group of fruits and vegetables that consumers should only buy organic.
The full list includes:
- hot peppers
- cherry tomatoes
- nectarines (imported)
- sweet bell peppers
- kale/collard greens
- summer squash
The list of the “Dirty Dozen” is annually set forth by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) in their annual “Shopping Guide to Pesticides.”
But fear not! There are upsides to be found in this … For starters, weren’t you looking for some modern décor for your refrigerator? Hang up this checklist and give it a once over before running to the supermarket for fresh produce!
And when you’re not looking for these expensive, organic fruits and vegetables, there is always the “Clean Fifteen,” the fruits and veggies that are *less* likely to be contaminated than the items found in the “Dirty Dozen” (yes … they may still be slightly contaminated, albeit significantly less). What’s in the list?
- sweet corn
- sweet peas (frozen)
- sweet potatoes.
And you thought you’d go hungry.
So you have two options now, and both offer some flexibility. If your wallets are tight, and you want to eat healthy, maybe just opt for the “Clean Fifteen.” Ain’t nothin’ wrong with some cheap, clean produce!
Or maybe you want to mix it up and throw in some organic cucumbers and cherry tomatoes with some non-organic avocado … The yin/yang of produce, if you will. Following this will guarantee you a clean salad, and you will feel great and refreshed!
And honestly, if you just want to say “screw it, this whole organic thing is a sham,” then do as you please … A non-organic peach won’t send you to the emergency room (we think). As the EWG says, “The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure.” So again, this is your call.
But … if you want to get clean, and I mean CLEAN, then we recommend buying organic for any of the “Dirty Dozen.” After all, health is wealth, and sometimes that may be the deciding factor when shopping in your local supermarket.