As the name clearly states, the Dirty Dozen are the fruits and vegetables with the highest level of contamination and the Clean Fifteen with the lowest. While it is never too much to emphasize the importance of having a diet based primarily on fruits and vegetables whether organic or conventionally grown - this list can perhaps help us avoid the ones that are the most "dirty". Worthy of your attention!
The Dirty Dozen - 2013
(the ones you should consider buying organic)
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Hot Peppers
- Sweet Bell Peppers
The Clean Fifteen - 2013
(the ones it should be okay to buy conventional)
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet Peas
- Sweet Potatoes
As I mentioned on my previous post on the Dirty Dozen, even if you don't commit to buying only organic, switching at least these 12 items can reduce 80% of your exposure to pesticide. Something to think about even when dealing with a tight budget.
Tags: health, pesticides, organic, food shopping