17 April 2012

The Dirty Dozen & The Clean Fifteen

Do you shop organic? We try to be conscientious about what goes into our bodies and where it comes from, but admittedly, I'm not as on-point as I could be. I try to shop locally and eat seasonally whenever possible, partially because it's healthier, but mostly because it tastes better. 

Are you familiar with the "dirty dozen?" These are the twelve fruits and veggies with the largest amount of pesticide residues and therefore, the most important to buy organic. Conversely, the "clean fifteen" rank lowest in pesticide residuals and don't necessarily need to be organic. I'm always forgetting what's on what list, so I made visual cheat sheets for you. Feel free to download these to your desktop (images were sourced from stock photography). I currently have them tacked up on my fridge and am trying to commit them to memory.

Happy eating!


(Dirty Dozen: Bell peppers, apples, lettuce, grapes, blueberries, peaches, potatoes, strawberries, kale/collared greens, celery, nectarines and spinach. 

Clean Fifteen: Cabbage, cantaloupe, eggplant, mushrooms, onions, watermelon, asparagus, corn, sweet potatoes, kiwi, peas, pineapple, mango, grapefruit and avocado). 

16 comments:

  1. why are we the same person? i just worked on this very same thing (last night!) for a health post next week. i love the way you rounded up the fruits and veggies. also, ride your red bike on over to nyc and come see me soon.

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    1. I can't wait to read your spin on it! And yes, we need another rendezvous soon.

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  2. Wow I did not know this, thanks!

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  3. o.O As I'm sitting here reading your awesome post I'm eating strawberries....uhhh I think I will be buying organic ones next time...GEEZ!! Thanks for the tips!!

    Lemanie's Randomness Blog

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  4. I can never remember this list - thanks for the pretty cheat sheet!

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  5. I wonder where the tomatoes and cucumbers fall...as a true Bulgarian, this is staple food...

    Yep, those strawberries and blueberries they sell on the streets of NY for a dollar or two...pure poison! :-( Also, I read somewhere that apparently there are some good fungi in broccoli and strawberries that help you fight stomach cancer but they all get killed off when they get sprayed with fungicides.

    Why are we doing this to ourselves??

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    1. I know, Maya, it's so disheartening. I asked Tiho (he knows more about this stuff) and he says always buy organic tomatoes. I think cukes are fine either way.

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    2. I don't know about him but when I was growing up, we bred our own animals and grew our own produce. It didn't seem like a big deal at the time (I spent a LOT of time weeding and tending to the garden - talk about child labor! :-)) but only now I realize how fantastically delicious everything was. My dream is to one day own a house with a big yard and grow my own produce but practically, I don't see it happening any time soon. :-(

      I spent a lifetime here (US) trying to find tomatoes as tasty as my grandfather's and I should say, the best are probably the organic cherry ones.

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  6. I have to admit, I'm a little surprised to see potatoes on the Dirty Dozen! I feel lucky that we have such great organic options in SF though–it keeps me from having to remember what's terrible for me since it's all organic anyway!

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    1. I never thought of potatoes as bad either, until I remembered that when I was a child, my mom would make me go and pick/squish bugs called Colorado beetles from the potato leaves, so we didn't have to spray them. I also had to clean all the sprouts that inevitably came out of the potatoes. If you buy a non-organic bag here, they'd dry into raisins before sprouting. Scary!

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  7. Kayla, I went to link to this and noticed my previous comment never went through? Maybe you got it via email, but it isn't appearing. I love this!

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  8. Thanks for making these! We've been trying to get on a healthier kick, and it's so tough to know where to start...especially when you're talking about going organic, and upping your grocery budget. What's worth it, what's not?

    For us, we're trying to stick to buying organic for the dirty dozen...and buying non-GMO soy, corn and bread products. It's overwhelming at first (so much reading to do!), but made much easier when there's a clean, pretty photo representation of what your best choices are! :)

    Thanks a ton!

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