The Clean Fifteen + Dirty Dozen

Welcome to the second installment of the Shopping Guides series! If you missed the first one, where we dove into some of the most common food labels you’ll see at the grocery (what is the difference is between ‘natural’ vs ‘organic’?) then you can read up on it all right here! However today’s post is all about highlighting the EWG’s (Environmental Working Group) yearly roundup for what they dub the Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen.

Both of these lists were created for consumers to know which produce contains both the highest and lowest amounts of pesticides (after washing mind you). This information is meant to help consumers (that’s you guys, y’all, us!) navigate the grocery store aisles with a sense of empowerment and awareness around what they are putting in their carts. I am a big proponent of being an educated consumer, and if you’re curious about something doing your due diligence to look into it. BUT I get that life is busy + colorful + crazy and sometimes the priorities on our daily list don’t always include looking into these things, so enter these shopping guides! To give you the information you need (and want, I'd love to know what is on your minds) to stroll into the grocery store/farmers market/bodega feeling fine! Regardless of what the business ethos is, at the end of the day companies and brands are focused on selling their products because sales are what drive businesses forward. This doesn’t always make them ‘bad’, it’s just the nature of the beast, so it’s important for us as consumers to be aware of where we’re putting our dollars. When you put your dollars towards things that matter to you, companies take notice and it can help to create shifts within the business. DON’T FORGET YOU HOLD THE POWER!

But enough with all of that, back to our lists!

The biggest take away with all of this, is that organic or not, fruit and vegetables will always be a healthier mainstay in your diet compared to processed foods. So if you cannot afford to always buy organic everything (most of us can’t - including me), it’s okay! Instead let’s shift that focus to feel proud of yourself for choosing to put whole foods into your body. Organic or not, leafy greens are going to do so much more good for your body than something packaged. So with all of that said, I wanted to create a little takeaway you can keep in your phone to help you make informed decisions about the produce you bring home and put in the tummies of you and your loved ones.

EWG’S Clean Fifteen:

  1. Avocados

  2. Sweet Corn

  3. Pineapples

  4. Sweet Peas Frozen

  5. Onions

  6. Papayas

  7. Eggplants

  8. Asparagus

  9. Kiwis

  10. Cabbages

  11. Cauliflower

  12. Cantaloupes

  13. Broccoli

  14. Mushrooms

  15. Honeydew

EWG’s Dirty Dozen:

  1. Strawberries

  2. Spinach

  3. Kale

  4. Nectarines

  5. Apples

  6. Grapes

  7. Peaches

  8. Cherries

  9. Pears

  10. Tomatoes

  11. Celery

  12. Potatoes

  13. Plus Hot Peppers!

Want to save these to your phone? Follow me on Instagram, and check out my ‘Shopping Guides’ highlight reel where you can screen shot these bad boys and keep ‘em handy in your phone for when you’re doing your grocery shopping.

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