Do you ever wonder how important it is buy organic produce? Should all the produce you’re buying be organic? Does organic really even mean anything? Is there anyway to do it cost effectively? Let’s break it all down!
You may wonder what is the importance of using the Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen?
The answer is, when buying produce items, utilizing the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen in order to reduce you and your family’s exposure to toxic pesticides
Modern chemical farming uses pesticides that not only deplete the nutritional value of our food, they contaminate it as well. This why it’s important to stay knowledgeable on which produce items you should try to buy organic and which items you can save $$ and shop conventional.
What is the Dirty Dozen??
Environmental Working Group ranks pesticide contamination of 48 popular fruits and vegetables every year and comes out with the Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides, otherwise known as the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen. The Dirty Dozen is a list of twelve produce items that have tested positive for most pesticide residues (and this is after they’ve been cleaned and prepped to eat). These are the items you should try to stick to buying organic. Below they are listed in order of highest toxic residues detected.
2020 Dirty Dozen:
What about the Clean Fifteen?
The Clean Fifteen identifies the non-organic items least likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues. Which means , you can feel better about buying these foods conventional vs. organic as they are tested safest to eat.
2020 Clean Fifteen
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Keeping these lists in mind can be a helpful tool when it comes to meal planning. Hopefully this will give you more incentive to experiment in the kitchen by buying and utilizing seasonal produce. You can also often find organic produce frozen, which allows you to stock up.
It’s also important to know that washing produce will not get rid of pesticides. The toxic pesticides have already been absorbed into the produce. Pesticides are a threat to our health and have been linked to many health effects from respiratory problems to cancer. Remember, knowledge is power, making the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen a great resource for keeping you and your family safe.