Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen

Lately, I have been skimming over the book Integrative Nutrition by Joshua Rosenthal This book is a great read if you are looking to learn more about diets over the years and the all-encompassing topics of exercise, relationships, work, spirit, diet, that contribute to our overall health.

Due to the fact I am an entry level working gal my budget does not allow for many organics.  If I could, I would buy 80% organic, but for majority of Americans this is not affordable.  It also does not make sense for certain foods because it doesn’t affect the quality.

Let’s break this down.  Think about an avocado, they have a tough outer skin that protects the inner goodness that we eat.  Therefore, buying organic avocados isn’t necessary because of the thick, outer skin that protects the fruit.

Below are some “clean” and “dirty” foods that you should be aware of when choosing to go organic or generic.

The Dirty Dozen

(Foods with the most contaminates in order of most contaminated)

  1. Apples
  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/collard greens

Clean 15

(Foods with the lowest level of residues, order of least contaminated)

*note how many of these foods have a thick, outer shell or skin.

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

Link to Joshua Rosenthal’s book on Amazon:

What did you learn? What do you buy organic? or maybe, more importantly, what will you be saving money on by not buying organic?

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2 thoughts on “Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen

  1. Good info, Candice! This list is such a great reference. I always busy organic apples (they taste more apple-y), berries, greens and meat.

    I need that book! Another good reference: the non-GMO shopping guide iPhone app.

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