The Dirty Dozen: Produce You Should Buy Organic

Fresh vegetables and fruits are definitely a much needed and delicious part of a healthy diet. Sometimes though, what we think is high quality produce that’s really good for us, is deceiving. That’s the case with the dirty dozen. . . the top 12 fresh vegetables and fruits with the most pesticide residues as determined by the Environmental Working Group.

Check out the dirtiest dozen foods at the grocery store and choose to buy these organic:

  1. Apples width=
  2. Celery
  3. Strawberries
  4. Peaches
  5. Spinach
  6. Nectarines (imported)
  7. Grapes (imported)
  8. Sweet Bell Peppers
  9. Potatoes
  10. Blueberries (domestic)
  11. Lettuce
  12. Kale and Collard Greens

Yes, you read that right. When it comes to fresh vegetables and fruits, apples, celery, and strawberries are covered with pesticides! Be sure to buy these organic. If you really want to stretch your food budget and only purchase the fresh vegetables and fruits in the list above as organic, you’ll be making a huge upgrade to your diet and reduce the toxic burden coming into your body from your diet. To find the full list of the fresh vegetables and fruits that the EWG tested, click here. Also, you’ll find the Clean 15 foods here.

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Erin Harner

Erin Harner is an Integrative Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), author, and speaker based in Ithaca, NY. Erin melds functional medicine and culinary nutrition to help her clients uncover their unique diet and confidently cook healthy nourishing meals that meet the needs of their whole family. Learn about Erin's services and connect on Instagram.

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