Are there Chemicals on Your Produce? The “Clean 15” and “Dirty Dozen”

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Are you someone that is willing to shell out the big bucks for a product that is certified organic?  If you answered yes then the more power to you! Developing a daily meal repertoire of organic and whole food products is ideal and strongly encouraged by any “health food nut”. Do you immediately load the grocery cart up with all organic fruits and veggies, or do you specifically purchase only certain organic items?


Ensuring that you eat your fruits and vegetables regardless of commercially grown or organic produce is very important, but acquiring the insight as to how to reduce your pesticide exposure significantly is something that all health conscious individuals should look into.


According to the EWG (Environmental Working Group) and Dr. Andrew Weil, a guru on natural health and wellness,  seeking out  “The Dirty Dozen” and the “Clean 15” when you’re browsing the produce section of your local grocery store with the proper information is key. Knowing the difference between which foods should be purchased organic can save you time, money and create a stress free shopping day!


Dirty DozenClean 15
NectarinesSweet Peas
CelerySweet Corn
Sweet Bell PeppersSweet Potatoes

The “Dirty Dozen” list is comprised of foods that are highly recommended to be purchased as organic due to highly toxic amounts of pesticides. The “Clean 15” are foods that you can be more lenient on choosing in regards to the amount of chemical residue. Always make sure to appropriately wash, peel, store and cook your fruits and vegetables. Having an idea of what you are looking for before you get to the store is always beneficial and having this list on hand can only ease the stress of the trip.


Organic produce tends to be more costly than commercial foods, which can deter the average individual from purchasing these items. Focusing on which items to guarantee you choose organic and having an option on non-organic items can make you feel a sense of relief and save you money each week by not having to purchase those 15 listed items organic. Do the research when it comes to your health and reap the benefits of financial savings and chemical avoidance. Kick off your next grocery run with the educated decision to purchase the appropriate produce for you and your lifestyle!


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