“Try organic food… or as your grandparents called it, food.”

~ Health Matters TV

The Dirty Dozen Foods

by | Jun 19, 2018 | General Health

I know it can seem overwhelming to think of buying only organic produce. After all we are all on budget. It’s common for people to wonder if there are specific foods that are more contaminated then others.  I’m often asked for a list of “dirty” foods that should always be organic. Below is a list of fruits and vegetables containing the highest levels of pesticides.

The Dirty Dozen List

  1. Apples
  2. Cherries
  3. Strawberries
  4. Pears
  5. Grapes
  6. Peaches
  7. Nectarines
  8. Bell peppers
  9. Potatoes
  10. Lettuce (All leafy greens)
  11. Celery
  12. Soy

The Clean Fifteen

  1. Mushrooms
  2. Grapefruit
  3. Sweet potatoes
  4. Watermelon
  5. Cabbage
  6. Kiwi
  7. Cantaloupe (domestic)
  8. Eggplant
  9. Mangos
  10. Sweet peas
  11. Asparagus
  12. Avocado
  13. Pineapples
  14. Sweet corn
  15. Onions

At the end of the day you’re doing your best to make the right choices for you and your family. The cost of healthy, whole food is increasing and it’s likely forcing you to buy conventionally produced foods. Like with most things, we need to maintain a balance, by using the list above you can make an informed, budget friendly food choices.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is not meant to replace treatment with a licensed health care practitioner. It is for informational purposes only. Consult with a licensed health care professional to determine which treatments are safe for you.