Organic – The Dirty Dozen & The Clean 15
As much as I would like to buy all of my food organic, grass-fed, local, etc. it’s just not always possible. Sometimes it’s the cost that stops me and other times it’s availability. But either way, I’m always reminding myself to simply do the best that I can at any given time.
And unless you live on a pasture with your own grass-fed crew of animals and a lovely acre of beautifully grown organic veggies, chances are you too have had to consume some hormones, pesticides, and G-only knows what else along your clean-eating journey. It’s par for the course, and bound to happen and when all is said and done (in my opinion) eating conventionally-grown produce is far better than not eating fruits and vegetables at all.
In other words, your food doesn’t HAVE to be organic to be worth your time although if and when it can, it will probably work in your favor.
This handy-dandy resource is from EWG’s Shopper Guide is a super helpful guide for anyone trying to decide what and when to buy organic and when to let it go.
The Dirty Dozen – these are the 12 most contaminated fruits and veggies and are best to buy organic (whenever you can).
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Green Beans*
The Clean 15 – these are the fruits and veggies with the least contamination and a better bet when choosing conventionally grown produce.
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet Peas
- Sweet Potatoes
*”This year we have expanded the Dirty Dozen™ with a Plus category to highlight two crops — green beans and leafy greens, meaning, kale and collard greens – that did not meet traditional Dirty Dozen ™criteria but were commonly contaminated with highly toxic organophosphate insecticides. These insecticides are toxic to the nervous system and have been largely removed from agriculture over the past decade. But they are not banned and still show up on some food crops.” – from the EWG website
The bottom line is this:
Be grateful for guides like this. Use them to your advantage. Eat your fruits and veggies and do the best you can. If you can do all organic, great. If you can’t, no worries. Find a way to make eating clean work for you and be proud of the efforts you make.
But I am curious. Do you buy organic? How important do you make it? Do you pick and choose or skip it all together? Would love to hear your thoughts!