The Dirty Dozen

Sometimes people ask me if organic really makes a difference. And I tell them it depends on a few things.

First, what does organic mean? Organic actually means different things when applied to meats, fruits/vegetables and packed products.

When it comes to fruits and vegetables the label organic means the produce was not genetically modified, irradiated, chemical pesticides were not used, and no synthetic ingredients were added to the fertilizer that helped grow the produce. So, you have to decide whether those three things are important to you.

The next question I usually hear is this: “How do I prioritize? Organic is expensive. Which fruits and vegetables are the most important to buy organic?”

Fortunately, a list is available of the foods most contaminated with pesticides based on U.S Department of Agriculture findings. If you focus on buying these 12 items (commonly known as the Dirty Dozen) organic whenever possible, you’ll be doing your body a big favor and not breaking your bank.

The Dirty Dozen

  1. Apples
  2. Bell Peppers
  3. Celery
  4. Cherries
  5. Grapes
  6. Nectarines
  7. Peaches
  8. Pears
  9. Potatoes
  10. Raspberries
  11. Strawberries
  12. Spinach

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