Buying Organic: The Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen

Buying Organic

Almost everywhere you buy groceries you have the option of buying organic. Buying organic products helps us avoid unwanted, toxic pesticides. Knowing which foods typically contain the highest and lowest amount of pesticides allows us to decide where we want to spend the extra money. That being said – eating fruits and veggies that are not organic is still a better option than eating packaged, processed foods…. or ice cream 🙁 It’s just nice to know where you can avoid excessive chemicals and important to educate yourself on what you put in your body!

Strategic meal planning, growing your own foods and food preservation can help ease the costs incurred when eating organic and help prevent waste.

The dirty dozen and the clean fifteen lists have been developed by the EWG (Environmental Working Group) to help consumers pick and choose items that are less contaminated and better for our health. Check out the lists below and learn where you can begin to make small changes in your shopping purchases.

THE DIRTY DOZEN

FRUITS

Apples
Peaches
Strawberries
Nectarines
Grapes
Blueberries

VEGGIES

Potatoes
Spinach
Lettuce
Cucumbers
Celery
Sweet bell peppers

THE CLEAN FIFTEEN

FRUITS

Pineapples
Mangoes
Kiwi
Cantaloupe
Grapefruit
Watermelon
Avocado

VEGGIES

Cabbage
Sweet peas
Asparagus
Eggplant
Sweet potatoes
Mushrooms
Onions
Sweet Corn

What tips do you have for saving money and eating clean? I would love to hear them in the comments below 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Buying Organic: The Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen

  1. Camellia Parsa says:

    I find that organic blueberries are extremely expensive. So once a year in the summertime I pick a weekend to go blueberry picking in a local farm where they are certified organic. I then freeze them and put them in my protein shakes all year long :). Seriously saves hundreds of dollars – 12 months of blueberries (I have half a cup a day) cost me $45! I pick them in Chilliwack BC

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