I am a big enthusiast of nutritious food. During the Summer I grow my own garden and enjoy healthy and organic foods directly from it.

Whatever I do not have I buy.

The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) promotes the lists of vegetables that should be always purchased as organic and those which are OK to be purchases in non-organic version. It is all about the content of the pesticide residue.

So EWG created two different lists. One is called “Clean 15″ and represents vegetables when grown conventionally, poses the least exposure to pesticides while ” Dirty Dozen” shows those vegetables which are likely to be contaminated.  According to the EWG, eating five servings a day from this “Clean 15” list reduces your exposure to pesticides by almost 90 percent compared to five servings daily from the “Dirty Dozen.” This is a tip for those on a budget, and I usually follow it as well. Why to spend more if you do not need it.

Whether to save money, or when organic versions aren’t available, I encourage everyone to enjoy these fruits and vegetables in organic or conventionally grown form:

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Sweet peas (frozen)
  6. Onions
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangoes
  9. Papayas
  10. Kiwi
  11. Eggplant
  12. Grapefruit
  13. Cantaloupe (domestic)
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Sweet potatoes

While those “Dirty Dozen” Plus should be purchased in the organic form if possible:

  1. apples
  2. peaches
  3. nectarines
  4. strawberries
  5. grapes
  6. celery
  7. spinach
  8. sweet bell peppers
  9. cucumber
  10. cherries
  11. snap peas – import
  12. potatoes
  13. hot peppers
  14. kale/collard

Enjoy your next grocery shopping trip!

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