When To Buy Organic: The Dirty Dozen & Clean 15

The Dirty Dozen are fruits and veggies that can contain a high amount of pesticides and toxins. The Clean 15 aren’t as heavily sprayed and therefore, don’t have to always be organic. Don’t see one of your kitchen staples on the list? Remember this: Organic is always best, especially if the skin is edible.

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The Dirty Dozen:  

Apples

Celery

Sweet Bell Peppers

Peaches

Strawberries

Nectarines (imported)

Grape

Spinach

Lettuce

Cucumbers

Blueberries (domestic)

Potatoes

* Dr. Andrew Weil and the Environmental Working Group also note that kale, collards and other dark leafy greens should be added to this list. 

The Clean 15:

Onions

Corn

Avocado

Pineapple

Cabbage

Sweet Peas

Asparagus

Mango

Eggplant

Kiwi

Cantaloupe (domestic)

Sweet Potatoes

Grapefruit

Watermelon

Mushrooms