Weekend Wisdom: The Dirty Dozen

This year I have encouraged all of us to add more COLOR to our diets.  That means eating a greater variety of fruits and vegetables.  When purchasing those fruits and vegetables, have you ever wondered about organic?  Today, I want to share with you the dirty dozen.  This is the produce I try to buy organic.  The dirty dozen is published annually by the Environmental Working Group which lists the 12 foods with the highest level of pesticide residue (compiled from USDA data on pesticide residue of washed and, when appropriate, peeled produce).  The Environmental Working Group estimates that we can significantly decrease our exposure to pesticides if we purchase the organic variety of these 12 foods.  Keep in mind that the health benefits of eating fruits and vegetables are far greater than the risks of consuming pesticide residue, even the Environmental Working Group agrees.  But, when you can, eat the organic variety of these 12 foods:

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Strawberries
  4. Peaches
  5. Spinach
  6. Nectarines (imported)
  7. Grapes (imported)
  8. Sweet bell peppers
  9. Potatoes
  10. Blueberries
  11. Lettuce
  12. Kale/collard greens

Follow this link to get a copy of the dirty dozen  you can download as a wallet guide.


3 responses

  1. This is a great list! Thanks for sharing. I always think if I remove the skin, I don’t need to buy organic. I was surprised to see Potatoes on the list. Thanks for sharing!

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