Thursday, July 19, 2012

Dirty dozen: when vegetables are on the black list

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Dirty dozen: when vegetables are on the black list

Many folks are interested in buying groceries with fewer chemical additives; no more artificial fertilizers, no more pesticides! The common concern though is cost; sometimes organic produce can cost significantly more than their conventional chemical - laden cousins.

Turns out that there is some produce we can skip going organic on without huge concern, but there are 12 in particular that we should focus on getting organic.

The Dirty Dozen
  • Apples
  • Bell peppers
  • Blueberries
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapes
  • Lettuce
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
The clean fifteen are those fruits and vegetables with the lowest amount of chemical residue when grown conventionally.

The Clean Fifteen

  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Cabbage
  • Cantalope
  • Corn
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Mushrooms
  • Onion
  • Pineapple
  • Sweet Peas
  • Sweet Potato
  • Watermelon

If you would like to see the full list of produce evaluated, you can see that here.

For a handy-dandy wallet card with this information, please click here.

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