Avoiding excess toxins the easy way – The Clean Fifteen Vs. The Dirty Dozen

apples-stock_zpsbxn7bjssA while ago I brought you a fantastic infographic – courtesy of Buzzfeed.com – on how to store your groceries. Trust + believe I was very grateful to have come across that piece of knowledge – It’s just one of those things no one formally teaches you.

This week I bring you another helpful list. It has various names – dirty dozen + clean fifteen, pesticide list, etc. I personally refer to it as “do not buy these unless they are organic” list (dirty dozen) vs. “if it’s not organic it’s not too bad” list (clean fifteen).

Not everyone can afford organic (or in some cases chooses to not afford – not hating just saying) – so these lists are very helpful in helping stretch your dollar and making an informed decision.

A tip: The best way to buy produce is seasonally (and locally if possible) as the more readily it is available and the closer it is to you, the cheaper it will be.

The list was updated in 2015, and appears to be updated on a yearly basis.

Dirty Dozen (aka DON’T!)

  1. Apples
  2. Peaches
  3. Nectarines
  4. Strawberries
  5. Grapes
  6. Celery
  7. Spinach
  8. Sweet bell peppers
  9. Cucumbers
  10. Cherry tomatoes
  11. Snap peas – imported
  12. Potatoes

Clean Fifteen

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet Corn (be careful of GMOS though!)
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Sweet peas frozen
  6. Onions
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangos
  9. Papayas
  10. Kiwi
  11. Eggplant
  12. Grapefruit
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Sweet potatoes

This list is couresy of ewg.org ! Definitely bookmark/pin this page as it is updated and is a great resource!

Note: Although this list is extremely handy and great information to have, I rarely buy avo-stock_zpsbupkdjnjnon-organic produce anyhow. Since eating organic, I find that most non-organic produce is just not as flavorful, colourful, and is overall more “dull” tasting than organic. I’ll pay the extra few cents/dollars to avoid the toxic pesticides + chemicals sprayed all over my food – and get more taste flavour out of it! I have made the decision that the cost is worth it long term and am lucky to be in a good financial situation to be able to “afford” organic.
That being said, this choice has come with some compromise, sacrifice and a hard look at my spending.  That all being said, I can only speak for myself – this article/post is not meant to critique or judge anyone based on their choices or situation.

An investment in your food is an investment in your health!

Originally posted September 21/15.

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