If you don’t know which fruits and vegetables are in the Dirty Dozen list (now actually, the Dirty Fourteen though Dozen falls off the tongue better…) yet you are behind the times. All of us struggle with balancing our budgets yet those of us who are obsessed with cleaner living and anti-aging are willing to pay more for so-called organic produce. But did you know that there are fruits and vegetables that are more naturally resistant to absorbing chemicals than others? And, there is produce that is much more vulnerable to soaking up toxins – generally because they are physically softer.
Therefore, there are certain fruits and veggies (the Dirty Dozen) you MUST buy organic (or you are consuming what amounts to a sponge soaked in toxins/pesticides) while there are others you can buy non-organic (the Clean Fifteen).
This information is also on the amazing site: http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/
If you are craving raspberries or other pricey organic produce, look in the frozen food section. Often times, you can buy organic frozen produce for far cheaper than the fresh. Use frozen fruit in smoothies for a refreshing burst of vitamins!
Print and take this list with you to the grocery store until you memorize it!
(Apologies if this has come out crooked!)
The Dirty Fourteen The Clean Fifteen
Cherry Tomatoes Cabbage
Grapes Sweet Corn
Hot Peppers Eggplant
Bell Peppers Papaya
Kale/Collard Greens Pineapple
Summer Squash Sweet Peas
x Sweet Potatoes