When Organic is a Must – The Dirty Dozen

When Organic is a Must – The Dirty Dozen

smells like…. an apple?

One of the biggest things I go on about in my clinic is getting clients to eat more fruit and vegetables. And I always recommend organic. Unfortunately our intensively farmed, pesticide treated soils aren’t what they used to be. Fruit and veg no longer contains the levels of the oh so important vitamins and minerals that we need to keep our bodies doing their thing and this is contributing to the increase in illness and disease that we are experiencing.

I also hear its not always possible to eat a 100% organic lifestyle and so I read with interest the study by Americas Environmental Working Group (EWG) who buy a load of fruit and veg each year and analyse the pesticide content so identify the good, the bad and the ugly.

Introducing the ‘Dirty Dozen’ and the ‘Clean Fifteen’. A guide to when you have to buy organic and when its okay not to.

The Dirty Dozen

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

The Clean Fifteen

  1. Asparagus
  2. Sweet Potatos
  3. Avocados
  4. Sweet Peas
  5. Pineapple
  6. Papaya
  7. Onions
  8. Mushrooms
  9. Mango
  10. Kiwi
  11. Grapefruit
  12. Aubergine
  13. Sweetcorn
  14. Melon
  15. Cabbage