Shopping Tip: The Dirty Dozen

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.

organic apples

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.).:

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Cherry Tomatoes
  4. Cucumbers
  5. Grapes
  6. Hot Peppers
  7. Imported Nectarines
  8. Peaches
  9. Potatoes
  10. Spinach
  11. Strawberries
  12. Sweet Bell Peppers
  13. Kale/Collard Greens
  14. Summer Squash

And if you want to save a few pennies, these are the “Clean 15” – the least contaminated fruits and vegetables:

  1. Asparagus
  2. Avocados
  3. Cabbage
  4. Cantaloupe
  5. Sweet Corn
  6. Eggplant
  7. Grapefruit
  8. Kiwi
  9. Mangos
  10. Mushrooms
  11. Onions
  12. Papayas
  13. Pineapples
  14. Sweet Peas (frozen)
  15. Sweet Potatoes

You can also find more information on the Environmental Working Group’s website.

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