Quick Guide to Produce: Clean Fifteen & Dirty Dozen

Quick Guide to Produce: Clean Fifteen & Dirty Dozen

We all know that fruits and vegetables are good for us. But, are we factoring in where our food is coming from or how it gets from the ground to the grocery store?It's important to know the quality of your food and it's nutritional value. Otherwise, it may not be benefiting your body as much as you would think. 

This is why its very helpful to have two lists to go by when buying your produce: Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen.

This information is compiled to help consumers understand which produce you should really consider buying organic, based on the amount of pesticides they contain. The dirty dozen is a list of produce (vegetables & fruits) that have a high amount of pesticides based on testing & how they are grown and processed. With this information, it would be more beneficial to buy organic to obtain the most amount of nutrients possible. The clean fifteen is a list of produce (vegetables & fruits) that tested for the least amount of pesticides which would be fine to buy non-organically grown. 


  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Nectarines
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Peaches
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Tomatoes
  • Celery
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet Bell Peppers



  • Avocados
  • Sweet Corn
  • Pineapple
  • Cabbage
  • Onions
  • Sweet Peas, frozen
  • Papayas
  • Asparagus
  • Mangos
  • Eggplant
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Kiwi
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli

It's important to be knowledgeable of where our food comes from and how its grown and processed. Unfortunately, we live in a society where our food is heavily coated with parasites that can be harmful to our health. It is always best to shop locally for produce, but when that is not an option, use these tools to buy the best options for you and your family. 





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  • Carey Spurgeon
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