The new Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 Lists have been released for 2013.
This is a list of produce items that tend to have the highest levels of pesticide residue (even after being washed and peeled). So if you are interested in organics, these products are the ones that you want to focus on (in order of importance).
Here is the Dirty Dozen- this is where you want to spend the extra money on organic produce whenever possible:
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Nectarines- imported
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Hot Peppers
The cucumbers surprised me- we eat tons of those and I rarely buy organic.
And here is the Clean 15 list for 2013. These are the items with the least amount of pestiside contamination found so these are not as high of a priority when buying organic.
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet Peas- frozen
- Sweet Potato
And there is also a Dirty Dozen Plus- these items are not on the Dirty Dozen list but still something to try to find in organic if you can:
- Summer Squash
- Leafy Greens (kale and collards in particular)
And if you want to have this list on the go:
So for sure any produce is better then no produce in your diet. This is just a guideline to help determine when it is best to splurge on the organic.
Here are a few other tips:
And how to make a quick and easy Produce Spray.