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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Clean 15 / Dirty Dozen

As you can tell I am totally on a health food kick.
I go back and fourth about organic stuff and buy it about 20% of the time.
I mainly buy the organic stuff for C and not my husband and I.

I was reading the new Parents magazine and they talk about the Clean 15 and the Dirty Dozen and thought I would list them out for you guys.

The Clean 15
1. Onions
2. Corn
3. Pineapples
4. Avocados
5. Asparagus
6. Sweet Peas
7. Mangoes
8. Eggplant
9. Domestic cantaloupe
10. Kiwi
11. Cabbage
12. Watermelon
13. Sweet potatoes
14. Grapefruit
15. Mushrooms

The reasoning behind the Clean 15 is because most of the above have either a thick rind or covering that you discard (example, watermelon, pineapple), or a strong odor that naturally fends off pests such as onions or asparagus (courtesy Parents magazine August 2011 edition)

Now for the...
Dirty Dozen
1. Apples
2. Celery
3. Strawberries
4. Peaches
5. Spinach
6. Imported nectarines
7. Imported Grapes
8. Sweet bell peppers
9. Potatoes
10. Blueberries
11. Lettuce
12. Kale/collard greens

Parents magazine says that if your family switches to organic that its possible to cut you intake of pesticides by as much as 80%. Now that is crazy. That's a lot of pesticides if you think about it.  A pedi also says that the key is just to get your kids to eat fruits and vegetables whether they are organic or not.

I found the Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen very informative as I have never thought about those things before. It will defiantly make me think twice next time I am buying produce. What about you?


the workaholic momma said...

This is such a great post...I've seen a similiar list in my favorite Big Green Purse book and its so great to know where you really get your "bang for your buck" when it comes to buying organic. Luckily alot of those on the dirty dozen list are really easy to grow in your own garden so you really know what you're getting.

Hope you guys are having a great week!!

Jenna Lee said...

How cute is that drawing! I hate that all my favorites are on the list... uggh!

Thank you for your sweet blog visit! Have a wonderful day!

lg2006 said...

Love that visual aid and I read that same article! Did u download the free app?