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Dirty Dozen & Clean 15

Below is the Environmental Working Group’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce. These lists don’t change that much year over year. If anything, the order of the last half of the list is often different.

As summarized in the EWG video, buying organic versions of the Dirty Dozen helps you skip the toxic chemicals, while buying conventional versions of the Clean 15 helps your wallet.

Check out the lists below to keep you and your pocketbook as healthy as possible!  

DIRTY DOZEN (to skip the chemicals):

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale
  4. Nectarines
  5. Apples
  6. Grapes
  7. Peaches
  8. Cherries
  9. Pears
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Celery
  12. Potatoes


CLEAN 15 (to help your wallet):

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Onions
  5. Papayas
  6. Frozen sweet peas
  7. Eggplants
  8. Asparagus
  9. Cauliflower
  10. Cantaloupes
  11. Broccoli
  12. Mushrooms
  13. Cabbages
  14. Honeydew melon
  15. Kiwis
** A small amount of sweet corn, papaya and summer squash sold in the United States is produced from genetically modified seeds. Buy organic varieties of these crops if you want to avoid genetically modified produce.

By Nicole Porter
Nicole Porter is a Stress Coach and Wellness Educator helping busy professionals master the Top 10 Stress Management Habits for optimal health, mindset and performance. She is also a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Healthy Weight Loss Coach, and Pilates Coach with a background in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Behaviour Change.