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Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen

It’s common knowledge that a healthy diet requires a lot of fresh fruit and vegetables, but these seemingly healthy choices may be full of pesticides!

Pesticides have been linked to many health problems, including skin, eye and lung irritation, hormone disruption, brain and nervous system toxicity and more!

Eating organic produce is the best way to eliminate the harmful effects of pesticides. But we know it can be more expensive to buy organic.

Enter the Environmental Working Group. They’ve identified the fruit and vegetables that are the most and least likely to contain pesticide residue.

Using their lists, you can opt for organic when it comes to the items on the ‘dirty’ list, and save money on the ‘clean’ list.


  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Nectarines
  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Celery
  • Grapes
  • Pears
  • Cherries
  • Tomatoes
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Potatoes


  • Sweet corn
  • Avocados
  • Pineapples
  • Cabbage
  • Onions
  • Frozen sweet peas
  • Papayas
  • Asparagus
  • Mangoes
  • Eggplant
  • Honeydew
  • Kiwifruit
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cauliflower
  • Grapefruit

In case you were wondering - Should we avoid the Dirty Dozen list fruits and vegetables completely due to pesticide residue? - the answer is No. EWG definitely recommends eating produce from the Dirty Dozen list rather than foods or snacks that are not as healthful, such as sugar- or additive-laden processed foods. I fully agree.


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