“The Clean 15″ – 15 Foods That Don’t Need to Be Organic

Make healthy choices at the grocery store

Kick your healthy new year off with good news about some of your favorite conventional fruits and vegetables! When you hit the grocery store this week be sure to fill your shopping cart with nutrient dense “power produce.” Read all about it:

The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Shoppers Guide to Pesticides discusses fruits and vegetables that are the most and least likely to contain pesticide residue. It is designed to help you know when to choose organically grown produce, and when conventionally grown produce is an acceptable alternative.

Below is the EWG’s “Clean 15″ – produce that, when grown conventionally, poses the least risk of exposure to pesticides. While I always recommend eating organic fruits and vegetables, they may be too expensive for those on tight budgets or simply not available. However, according to the EWG, eating five servings a day from this “Clean 15″ list reduces your exposure to pesticides by almost 90 percent compared to five servings daily from the “Dirty Dozen.”

I encourage everyone to enjoy these fruits and vegetables in organic or conventionally grown form:

Foodnews.org has this to say: Eat your fruits and vegetables!  The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure. Use EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides to reduce your exposures as much as possible, but eating conventionally-grown produce is far better than not eating fruits and vegetables at all. The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticide in Produce will help you determine which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues and are the most important to buy organic. You can lower your pesticide intake substantially by avoiding the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and eating the least contaminated produce.

Sweet Corn Alert! Commodity crop corn used for animal feed and biofuels is almost all produced with genetically modified (GMO) seeds, as is some sweet corn sold for human consumption. Since GMO sweet corn is not labeled as such in US stores, EWG advises those who have concerns about GMOs to buy organic sweet corn.

“The Clean 15″  Eat These Conventional or Organic:


Sweet corn




Sweet peas



Cantaloupe (domestic)




Sweet potatoes



Dirty Dozen – Buy these organic!







Grapes — imported

Sweet bell peppers



Lettuce – domestic

Kale/collard greens

To learn more about EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides visit  www.foodnews.org,  and you can hear more of Dr. Andrew Weil’s views about the guide in this video.

Eat healthy… be healthy… and be happy this new year!  Love, Allison

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  1. Thanks so much, Allison!

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