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Going Organic? You Gotta Know Your Dirty Dozen & Clean 15

Everybody talks about going organic. However, the practicalities of changing to an organic lifestyle is, for most people, impractical. Main reason: high cost. But there is a way to get smart about shopping for organic vegetables.

If you are budget-conscious and just starting a change in lifestyle, you don’t have to go mad organic on fruits and vegetables at the supermarket. Like everything in life, there’s two sides of the coin: the Dirty Dozen, and the Clean 15.

For a start, know the Dirty Dozen. These 12 everyday fruits and vegetables are deemed the most exposed to pesticides. This harmful chemical exposure can be reduced by 80% just by buying organic. The truth is organic fruits and vegetables are more expensive but they are packed with quality nutrients and antioxidants many times more than the conventional varieties. So, if you are going to splurge, splurge here.

The Dirty Dozen
#1. Peaches
#2. Apples
#3. Bell Peppers
#4. Celery
#5. Nectarines
#6. Strawberries
#7. Cherries
#8. Tomatoes
#9. Potatoes
#10. Grapes
#11. Spinach
#12. Cucumbers

On the flip side, you can save your money on these 15 fruits and vegetables. because they are exposed to the lowest amount of pesticides. You don’t have to choose organic here if you are on a budget. This will leave you with more money to splurge on the Dirty Dozen.

The Clean 15
#1. Onions
#2. Cantaloupe/Melons
#3. Sweet potatoes
#4. Avocados
#5. Grapefruit
#6. Sweet peas
#7. Sweet corn
#8. Asparagus
#9. Eggplant
#10. Papayas
#11. Watermelons
#12. Pineapples
#13.  Mangos
#14.  Kiwi
#15. Mushrooms

It is summed up with this graphic by Foodnews.org which includes the Dirty Dozen Plus! It includes the addition of kale, summer squash and zucchini.

2013-Dirty-Dozen-EWG

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