Organic or not? Which to buy - 2015 Dirty Dozen and Clean 15.

Did you know that you can reduce your exposure to toxic pesticides by about 80% simply buying organic from the Dirty Dozen list?

The Dirty Dozen list is posted every year by the Environmental Working Group (EWG)

The produce on the Dirty Dozen list have the highest amount of pesticides. 

The produce listed on the Clean 15 list has the lowest amount of pesticides - In other words, you don't need to worry about buying organic. 

DIRTY DOZEN (purchase organic)

  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapes
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Potatoes
  • Snap Peas
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Bell Peppers

Clean 15 (Don't worry about buying organic)

  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cauliflower
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Mangoes
  • Onions
  • Papayas
  • Pineapple
  • Sweet Corn
  • Sweat Peas
  • Sweet Potatoes

****You always want to wash your produce thoroughly. Eliminating as many pesticides from your diet as possible is crucial to your gut health. 

Homemade produce wash to remove pesticides:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Combine ingredients, then scrub produce or let them soak for several minutes before rinsing. 

Developing sustainable habits is key to reaching your health and fitness goals. Let us help guide you. Contact us here to sign up for a no-sweat intro or start your free trial here. 

-Nicole Race. Co-Owner of St. Pete Strength and Conditioning, home of SPSC Crossfit.