The Dirty Dozen

Fruit

Do you know that you make approximately 200 food related decisions each day? I’m guessing that number greatly increases on days when you head to the grocery store. During the winter I get most of my produce at the grocery store whereas in the summer it is from my garden, The Iowa Food Cooperative, or the Farmer’s Market. One aspect of shopping at the grocery store that sometimes leaves me baffled is when to spend on organics and when to save. Here is a list of the “Dirty Dozen,” aka produce you should consider purchasing from the organic section as much as possible due to its high rate of pesticide use. This article from PBS also tells you which produce is found to be cleaner, containing little or no traces of pesticides. Spend when necessary, save when possible!

Celery
Peaches
Strawberries
Apples
Domestic Blueberries
Nectarines
Spinach, Kale, and Collard Greens
Sweet Bell Peppers
Cherries
Potatoes
Imported Grapes
Lettuce