Pesticides to Produce


A co-worker gave me this list today and I thought I would share it all with you.  It’s a list from foodnews.org that lists which foods are highest in pesticides and therefore should be bought organic for peak healthiness and which foods are lowest in pesticides and are ok to purchase in your standard grocery store.

The list is as follows:

THE DIRTY DOZEN (buy thse organic)

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Strawberries
  4. Peaches
  5. Spinach
  6. Nectarines
  7. Grapes
  8. Sweet Bell Peppers
  9. Potatoes
  10. Blueberries
  11. Lettuce
  12. Kale

That list is also known as “Lilee’s favorite fruits and vegetables” :-/  I’ve learned that the more I like it the more likely the odds that I should buy it organic. 

Clean15 (these are safe to buy in the store)

  1. Onions
  2. Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Avocado
  5. Asparagus
  6. Sweet Peas
  7. Mangoes
  8. Eggplant
  9. Cantaloupe
  10. Kiwi
  11. Cabbage
  12. Watermelon
  13. Sweet Potatoes
  14. Grapefruit
  15. Mushrooms

That list is also known as “The food stuff that Lilee eats because it is good for her even though it is not nearly as delicious as the Dirty Dozen foods listed in list #1.”  That’s a long name though so I just stick to Clean15.  Really though…let’s compare #’s to #’s. #1 to #1 would be Apples vs Onions. Please…as if it’s a competition. Apples win! 

So there you have it, just in case anyone was curious. List #1 = highest pesticides so buy organic. List #2 = lowest pesticides so it’s ok to buy from your standard store.

To quote (or at least steal the creative glory from) the Dos Equis guy – “Stay Healthy My Friends.”

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4 thoughts on “Pesticides to Produce

  1. I love the majority of the items on both lists. Though, I’m wondering, if you put a garden out and you plant potatoes per say, would that be considered “organic”? I guess I’m confused as to what exactly organic is.

    • As long as you did not use any pesticides or unnatural growth hormones then yes, they would be considered organic. A fruit or vegetable is considered organic when they are grown naturally and free of any chemicals.

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