The Dirty Dozen And Clean 15 Of 2017


Written by: Kat Gal

Did you know that the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists change every year?

No? It only makes sense as regulations, common practices, our soil, the environment and pollution levels change constantly.

But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with the latest lists.

What Are The Dirty Dozen And Clean 15 Lists And Why Is It So Important?

Okay, so in an ideal world everything would be organic and you wouldn’t have to worry about it. But the truth is that the produce you find at conventional supermarkets, ethnic stores and even some farmer’s markets is not always organic – in fact, more often than not, it is full of pesticides, other chemicals and GMOs.

You really don’t want all that junk in your body that can lead to inflammation and disease. Yuck.

But shopping organic can be expensive and in some cases – depending on where you live – may even be difficult. Hence why these lists of the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 come in handy. Foods are not created equal. On conventional farms, they use more pesticides for some foods than for others. Foods with harder shells that you can peel tend to be safer choices.

How To Use The Dirty Dozen And Clean 15 Lists

Using these lists can help you tremendously with picking the right produce. Those that are on the Dirty Dozen list, aim to buy organic at all times (or whenever possible). Those on the list of Clean 15 are safer choices to buy non-organic if you can’t afford to shop 100% organic. But remember, organic is always better, safer, healthier and often tastier too. If you buy non-organic produce, peel it when possible.

The 2017 Dirty Dozen List & Clean 15 List By The Environmental Working Group (EWG)

Dirty Dozen List

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectarines
  4. Apples
  5. Peaches
  6. Pears
  7. Cherries
  8. Grapes
  9. Celery
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Sweet Bell Peppers
  12. Potatoes

Clean 15 List:

  1. Sweet corn
  2. Avocados
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Onions
  6. Frozen Sweet Peas
  7. Papayas
  8. Asparagus
  9. Mangos
  10. Eggplant
  11. Honeydew
  12. Kiwi
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Grapefruit

What About Other Fruits And Veggies?

The EWG has got you covered on that. On their website you can find a longer list with the top 48 clean and dirty produce. And again, aim to shop organic at health food stores, organic farmer markets and the organic sections of your local grocery stores. Growing your food in your backyard, a community garden or at a community supported agriculture (CSA) site is a great options as well.

Now the question is: what are you going to make with these delicious foods? Share your favorite recipe above using at least one ingredient from the Clean 15 list. Share them in the comments below, we would love to try your favorites.

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Kat Gal

Kat Gal

Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.
Kat Gal


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