When shopping for real food, the #1 priority for me is meat. Making sure you’re buying grass-fed, antibiotic/hormone-free, humanely raised (and preferably local) meats is one of the best choices you can make. This is the very best place to start, but it often has the most impact on your weekly grocery bill.
If you’re just starting to incorporate organic produce into your diet, or if you’re on a really tight budget and trying to feed a large family, or if you’re just having trouble finding affordable organic produce in the winter in your area, the “Dirty Dozen” (and “Clean 15”) will serve you well.
When you’re buying groceries, try to buy certified organic for these 12 fruits and vegetables as they are the most contaminated with pesticides and other chemicals that you definitely don’t want to be eating (they’re now called the “Dirty Dozen Plus” because a few more have been added.).:
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Hot Peppers
- Imported Nectarines
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Kale/Collard Greens
- Summer Squash
And if you want to save a few pennies, these are the “Clean 15” – the least contaminated fruits and vegetables:
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet Peas (frozen)
- Sweet Potatoes
You can also find more information on the Environmental Working Group’s website.