The “Dirty Dozen”

Many people feel that organic produce is best but it can become a bit pricey when we buy all our fruits and vegetables from the organic section in the supermarket. A more reasonable solution may be to choose organic when buying those fruits and vegetables, described as the “dirty dozen”, that have much higher levels of pesticides even after washing. Researchers at the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a research and advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C., recommend purchasing organic when buying these fruits and vegetables.


  • apples
  • cherries,
  • grapes (imported from Chili)
  • nectarines
  • peaches
  • pears
  • raspberries
  • strawberries


  • bell peppers
  • celery
  • potatoes
  • spinach.

The organic version of these foods may cost a bit more but their reduced levels of pesticiides make them well worth the money

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