The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen: The 12 Most Pesticide Contaminated Fruits and Vegetables and the Fifteen Cleanest

I am not a whole food momma by any means.  You will find some processed goodies in my pantry for my kids, we eat dry cereal, and I don't always buy organic.  However, I am doing better than I used to.  I am learning more about GMO foods, the difference between organic and conventional grown produce, what raw milk is, and about RBGH free dairy.  I have changed my food habits immensely over the past few years, and I am on a journey to becoming a whole food momma, but I am not quite there yet.

In my journey I have learned about the USDA Dirty Dozen  list.  It's a list of the most pesticide contaminated fruits and vegetables, and is updated each year by the USDA.  If you can't afford to buy organic all the time, you will want to consider splurging to buy organic when purchasing items on this list.  Many of the items can actually be grown easily yourself, so you could also consider growing them as well.

This year's list is out and it includes:

1.  Strawberries
2.  Apples
3.  Nectarines
4.  Peaches
5.  Celery
6.  Grapes
7.  Cherries
8.  Spinach
9.  Tomatoes
10.  Sweet Bell Peppers
11.  Cherry Tomatoes
12.  Cucumbers

This year's list also included two bonus items that don't quite meet the criteria for the Dirty Dozen list but the USDA felt we should be warned about.  Those two items are hot peppers and leafy greens (like kale and collard greens).

And in comparison to the Dirty Dozen list is the Clean Fifteen.  The Clean Fifteen includes fifteen of the cleanest produce items, where buying organic is always necessary.

This years Clean Fifteen Includes:
1.  Avcados
2.  Sweet Corn
3.  Pineapples
4.  Cabbage
5.  Frozen Sweet Peas
6.  Onions
7.  Asparagus
8.  Mangoes
9.  Papayas
10.  Kiwis
11.  Eggplant
12.  Honeydew Melon
13.  Grapefruit
14.  Cantaloupe
15.  Cauliflower


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