The Clean 15 vs The Dirty Dozen
When it comes to fruits and veggies it’s suggested we eat at least 9 servings a day. That’s a lot of roughage, my friends. Add to the mix that many fruits and veggies have high levels of pesticides, it is often recommended that we stick with organic. Great. There goes the budget!
Well, don’t worry. Not all veggies are created equal. Some fruits and veggies have nice, tough skins so that the pesticides don’t really get to the food we eat. Now, of course, if you can buy all organic, more power to you! Since my hubby and I started juicing, we use mass amounts of fruits and veggies each day and I could never afford that.
Luckily, we can buy more of the Clean 15 foods to bulk up our grocery haul, and supplement with the more expensive organic Dirty Dozen. Here is a list to help guide your purchases:
Foods that don’t have to be purchased organic: Due to the thicker skins, these fruits and veggies are safe to eat. Even if they are not organic, they will have very little pesticide residue in the fruit itself. The Clean 15:
- Sweet potatoes
Foods that ARE high in residual pesticides and should be purchased organic whenever possible:
The Dirty Dozen:
- Bell Peppers
+ green beans and kale (Yea, I know, that makes it more than a dozen)
Aim to get your produce intake each and every day. It is good for your health, rich in nutrients, and will help you poop. Do your best to buy organic when you can. When you can’t, follow these guidelines for the safest produce. I feel healthier already!