Choosing organic produce – Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen  Berries - strawberries raspberries

Watching your budget?  Certain produce is more exposed to pesticides and herbicides than others.

The health benefits of including lots of fruit and vegetables in your meals, regardless of whether you can afford to buy organics outweighs the risk of exposure to pesticides.  However, minimising exposure is better.

According to Environmental Working Group, if you can only afford to buy some organic produce focus on items listed on the dirty dozen list, . Even after washing pesticides persist.  90% of all strawberries contained pesticides.

Buy in season  Prices will be lower and you will maximise nutrient content.

  Dirty Dozen

 

  Clean Fifteen

  Apples

 

   Asparagus

 

  Celery

 

   Avocado

 

  Cherry tomatoes

 

   Cabbage

 

  Cucumbers

 

   Melons- cantaloupe
  Grapes

 

   Corn

 

  Hot peppers – chilli

 

   Egg plant

 

  Nectarines

 

   Grapefruit

 

  Peaches

 

   Kiwifruit

 

  Potatoes

 

   Mangoes

 

  Spinach

 

   Mushrooms
  Strawberries & other berries    Onions

 

  Kale / collard greens

 

  Pineapples
  Capsicum   Papaya

 

  Summer squash

 

  Sweet peas
    Sweet potatoes

 

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