The Dirty Dozen
The Dirty Dozen
The Environmental Working Group (an organization of scientists, researchers, and policymakers) puts together two lists “The Dirty Dozen” and “The Clean 15” to help consumers know when they should buy organic and when it is unnecessary. These lists were compiled by the USDA on the amount of pesticide residue found in non-organic fruits and vegetables after they had been washed.
The fruits and vegetables on “The Dirty Dozen” list, when conventionally grown, tested positive for at least 47 different chemicals, with some testing positive for as many as 67. For produce on the “dirty” list, you should definitively go organic.
“The Dirty Dozen” list:
  1. Celery
  2. Peaches
  3. Strawberries
  4. Apples
  5. Domestic blueberries
  6. Nectarines
  7. Sweet bell peppers
  8. Spinach, kale, and collard greens
  9. Cherries
  10. Potatoes
  11. Imported grapes
  12. Lettuce
“The Clean 15” list bore little or no traces of pesticides, and is safe to consume in non-organic form.
This list includes:
  1. Onions
  2. Avocado
  3. Sweet corn
  4. Pineapples
  5. Mango
  6. Sweet peas
  7. Asparagus
  8. Kiwi fruit
  9. Cabbage
  10. Eggplant
  11. Cantaloupe
  12. Watermelon
  13. Grapefruit
  14. Sweet potatoes
  15. Sweet onions
Please keep in mind that if you want to lose weight, it really helps to eat as clean as possible. The liver will be busy breaking down stored fat and can do this more efficiently if it is not overtaxed with toxins.
For more information, please see me at Norwell Athletic Club (NAC).
Yours in Health,
Silke Heine,
Owner of Simplify Holistic Nutrition
(781) 883-5951
The ability to SIMPLIFY means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. --- Hans Hofmann
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