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the dirty dozen and clean fifteen

Ever wonder whether to buy organic or not?  Is it worth the extra money?  I like using this popular ‘dirty dozen’ list as a guide to what’s worth buying organic and what’s not.  This list ranks fruits and vegetables by pesticide contaminates (from most to least).

So, the dirty dozen have the most pesticide and would be best to buy organic because it means you’ll be eating less chemicals.  The clean fifteen have the least pesticide and are fine to buy non-organic.

The full list comes from US Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration and is based on 87,000 pesticide tests between 2000 and 2007.

The Dirty Dozen (from most pesticide contaminates):
1.    Peach
2.    Apple
3.    Sweet Bell Pepper
4.    Celery
5.    Nectarine
6.    Strawberries
7.    Cherries
8.    Kale
9.    Lettuce
10.    Grapes – Imported
11.    Carrot
12.    Pear


The Clean Fifteen (from least pesticide contaminates):
1.    Onion
2.    Avocado
3.    Sweet Corn – Frozen
4.    Pineapple
5.    Mango
6.    Asparagus
7.    Sweet Peas – Frozen
8.    Kiwi
9.    Cabbage
10.    Eggplant
11.    Papaya
12.    Watermelon
13.    Broccoli
14.    Tomato
15.    Sweet Potato

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