When seeking the best organic produce, the range of choices and different standards can be confusing. Every year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases a report called the dirty dozen and the clean 15, which refer respectively to fruits and vegetables that contain the most and least number of pesticide residues.
The aim here is to help you decide which fruits and vegetables you should buy organic. But I guess the main question you’re probably wondering is, why should you care? Well, pesticides overall are toxic and different pesticides over time have been linked to a variety of health problems including rashes, hormone disruption, leaky gut, and cancer.
Another reason is that pesticides and agricultural chemicals over time destroy the value of the farmland, whereas organic farming helps preserve the soil and does not use any toxic chemicals. Does that mean you should you avoid the dirty dozen? No! Eating conventional produce is better than eating nothing at all. Just be sure to wash them well, to take away any chemical residues. If you're worried about pesticides in your food, consider buying these 12 fruits and vegetables organic, to reduce the pesticide exposure, starting with the most contaminated foods.
The Dirty Dozen 2016 (in order of contamination)
- Sweet bell peppers (capsicums)
- Cherry Tomatoes
While it’s important to choose organic produce, eating organic may not always be an option so opt for the Clean Fifteen, the list of produce with the least amount of pesticide residues that you can happily buy without thinking about pesticides.
Fruits and vegetables are important for your overall health. Switching to organic produce can take time and it is a gradual process. To keep costs down, look for organic foods in season at your local farmer’s market and even check your larger grocery store too, the chains are expanding contracts with organic farmers to help meet the demand for chemical free foods and so it is easier for consumers to access. For the dirty dozen list, I recommend buying organic produce instead, it helps minimize the pesticide consumption on your food while keeping your budget in check. And for the clean fifteen list, you can feel confident that it contains little pesticide contamination. SkinB5 has many recipes to help you maximise the flavour and enjoyment of these ingredients, simply search for Diet and Skincare.
My name is Farah and I am an advocate for natural and organic beauty products, healthy living and a self-proclaimed whole foods enthusiast. My passion for health and beauty stems from my personal experiences dealing with problematic skin and now I want to help others learn my secrets to flawless skin from the inside, out. I’m a firm believer that true beauty comes from what goes inside of your body and I am thankful to be able to educate you and help you to obtain clear skin
- Sweet corn
- Sweet peas (frozen)
- Honeydew melon