The Dirty Dozen

I recently had a discussion with my Mum about organic & she was frustrated due to the perception that “organic = healthier” when there are plenty of organic products filled with sugar, or sugar substitutes crying the claim “sugar free”. This particularly annoys me when it is a product marketed to children & many parents feel they are making a healthier decision by purchasing this product.

I do believe we should be mindful of the so called “dirty dozen”, the fruits & vegetables which retain the most pesticides & chemicals, so ideally are purchased as organic:
1. Apples
2. Celery
3. Capsicum
4. Peaches & nectarines
5. Berries – strawberries, raspberries, blueberries
6. Grapes
7. Spinach
8. Lettuce
9. Cucumbers10. Potatoes

The clean 15 doesn’t mean you always buy conventional, but if you’re always going organic on the Dirty Dozen, you can save some money buying conventional on these:

  1. Onions
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapple
  4. Avocado
  5. Cabbage
  6. sweet peas
  7. asparagus
  8. mangoes
  9. eggplant
  10. kiwi
  11. rockmelon
  12. sweet potato
  13. grapefruit
  14. watermelon
  15. mushrooms

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