The Lowdown on The Dirty Dozen & The Clean Fifteen

Happy Thursday, only one more day until the weekend! I hope this week has been a good one for you so far. I'm typing this up on Wednesday night while I'm waiting for my crockpot timer to go off. If it turns out well, I'll share the recipe with you all next week!

Have you guys heard of The Dirty Dozen & The Clean Fifteen? Both of them are lists of produce, and pretty important lists in my opinion! The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen lists are provided by the Environmental Working Group, which is an environmental organization that specializes in research and advocacy in the areas of toxic chemicals, agricultural subsidies, public lands, and corporate accountability. The Dirty Dozen provides a list of produce with the highest pesticide loads (AKA the produce you definitely want to buy organic), and it's updated each year. So, what's the big deal about pesticides, you ask? Well, the toxicity that's usually associated with pesticides in animal studies includes disruptions in the normal functioning of the nervous and endocrine system, and an increased risk of cancer -- no good! So, if you can, definitely try to buy the following produce organic: 

  • Strawberries
  • Apples
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Celery
  • Grapes
  • Cherries
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes 
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Hot Peppers 
  • Kale / Collard Greens

For the full list (yes, the list can get longer, sadly) click here

Let's move onto The Clean Fifteen. The produce on this list have the lowest pesticide load, and are the safest conventionally grown crops to consume. Here they are...

  • Avocados 
  • Sweet Corn
  • Pineapples
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet Peas Frozen
  • Onions
  • Asparagus
  • Mangos
  • Papayas 
  • Kiwi
  • Eggplant
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Grapefruit
  • Cantaloupe 
  • Cauliflower

EWG actually has printable versions of these lists, which are perfect for printing out and keeping in your wallet or purse to pull out while grocery shopping! Click here to get the printable lists. Buying organic can get expensive, but try to find a local farmer's market and I guarantee you it'll be cheaper than Whole Foods or any speciality grocery store! I'm lucky enough to be able to buy from a local farm that has pesticide-free produce, and it's much, much cheaper than the grocery store. 

I'm signing off for today! What do you guys think of The Clean Fifteen & The Dirty Dozen? Do you pay attention to these lists while shopping? Was this your first time seeing these lists? Let me know in the comments! 

See ya tomorrow for Friday Favorites - woohoo!!

Jenna