The Dirty Dozen – And The Clean 15

The Dirty Dozen - And The Clean 15


The US-based Environmental Working Group has a great ‘Dirty Dozen’ guide to organics, which lists the fruits and vegetables most impacted by chemicals. Unfortunately, a lot of them are popular, especially with kids, so going organic on the Dirty Dozen is a good investment. The fruits and veggies in the “Clean 15” absorb a minimal amount of pesticides and fertilizers. It’s important to note, however, that the EWG is looking only at pesticides for this list, and even organic food is susceptible to toxins that are released into the global industrialized atmosphere.  Organics are still the best, but it’s important to remember even organic is not protected from toxic pollution: the point being that detoxification is still important even with an organic diet.

Clean 15″   Dirty Dozen Plus
Asparagus Apples
Avocadoes Celery
Cabbage Cherries
Cantaloupe Tomatoes
Corn Cucumbers
Eggplant Grapes
Grapefruit Hot Peppers
Kiwi Nectarines
Mangos Peaches
Sweet Potatoes Potatoes
Onions Spinach
Papayas Strawberries
Pineapple Sweet Bell Peppers
Sweet Peas (frozen) Collards & Kale*
Summer Squash & Zucchini*
* The pesticides used on these are of particular concern.Chart from EWG