Do I have to buy organic?

27 Oct

Did you know that fresh spinach  can carry over 60 different pesticides! YIKES!!! I love fresh fruits and veggies but I’m not always ready to pay the premium for organic produce. Thankfully Joy MacCarthy, holistic nutritionist and my go-to food expert,  makes shopping organic EASY.

Her Dirty Dozen list identifies those veggies which are most sprayed with harmful chemicals.  Studies show that if you avoid the non-organic version of the Dirty Dozen, your pesticide exposure will be reduced up to  80%!!!   Hmm… I think going organic on at least these 12 items is a no-brainer.

Just as important as what to avoid is knowing what produce is not worth the Organic premium.  Once again, Joy MacCarthy to the rescue with the Clean 15! (See list below)


  • celery
  • peaches
  • strawberries
  • apples
  • domestic blueberries
  • nectarines
  • sweet bell peppers
  • spinach, kale and collard greens
  • cherries
  • potatoes
  • imported grapes
  • lettuce


  • onions
  • avocados
  • sweet corn
  • pineapples
  • mango
  • sweet peas
  • asparagus
  • kiwi fruit
  • cabbage
  • eggplant
  • cantaloupe
  • watermelon
  • grapefruit
  • sweet potatoes
  • sweet onions



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