The Dirty Dozen: The 12 Best Foods to Buy Organic

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Did you know that you may be eating up to 10 different pesticides each day?? That’s a lot of toxic chemicals for your body!

It’s true (and totally gross in my opinion!)

Pesticides are linked to a variety of health problems including: brain and nervous system toxicity, cancer, hormone disruption, and skin, eye and lung irritation. Pretty nasty stuff!

However, here’s some good news. The EWG has created a list that they call the Dirty Dozen. It list the 12 best fruits and vegetables that contain the MOST pesticides and that should be bough organically. It’s a great guide when you have to pick and choose what vegetables to buy organic or not…Definitely putting these as a priority is important!

You can get the entire list along with a printable card to fit into your purse at

They even have an app (that’s what I use)! You can get the app by clicking here!


Fruits and veggies that top the list include apples, celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, pepers, nectarines, peaches, potatoes, spinach, strawberries, kale, and summer squash.

And take note! Washing your produce DOES NOT get off ALL the pesticides. Testing on these fruits and veggies was actually done AFTER being washed. Eww…So washing just won’t cut it. Besides sometimes pesticides absorbed into the fruit and there’s nothing you can do about that besides eating organic.

Also, I know you may be thinking “But it costs so much more!” And sometimes it does, but sometimes it doesn’t. So be sure to compare prices and at least opt for these foods that are heavier in pesticides when you can. AND even if you can’t buy organic it’s still better to eat fruit, even with pesticides than NO fruit or processed snacks that contain fruit but also added sugars and chemicals so buy organic whenever possible. So don’t let that keep you from buying fresh fruits and veggies.

A second best option would be local produce which often isn’t sprayed as heavily as large commercial farms.

So are you going to make a commitment to your body by eating more organic produce? Leave me a comment below!




  1. […] Buy what’s cheaper. I love pomegranates but they tend to be quite expensive. Instead, opt for produce that is a bit cheaper such as a bag of apples or using green peppers more often over colored peppers and buy the more expensive fruits and veggies as an occasional treat. Also, take a little time to compare products. Organics aren’t always more expensive, and certain fruits and veggies tend to be cheaper than others. Furthermore, there are certain fruits and veggies that contain more pesticides than others. Splurging on organic for produce that has more pesticides may be doable while buying non-organic produce for those with less pesticides (learn more about the Dirty Dozen fruits and veggies to buy organic by clicking here) […]

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