What Are the Dirty Dozen Foods?

Posted On: March 5, 2019

Ready for the new dirty dozen food list? We’ve got the down-and-dirty scoop, and we’re ready to share the details. Maybe you’ve been eating some of these dirty dozen fruits and vegetables without knowing about their potentially harmful sides.

It’s misleading. All these fresh and beautiful reds, greens, and yellows are hitting the market as the seasons shift. But which represent the dirty dozen produce picks? Join Beetnik today as we explore the dirty dozen and how they could affect your health and wellness!

What Are the Dirty Dozen Foods?

This updated list includes foods with the most pesticides. You can use this list to determine which fruits and veggies you should buy organic. The twelve foods with the most pesticides make up the infamous dirty dozen.

The dirty dozen list of fruits and vegetables will help you make healthier decisions, especially as you shop at traditional grocery stores. Make the healthiest decisions for you and your family and friends.

Who’s Responsible for the Dirty Dozen Organic List?

Where does such a list come from? The EWG – Environmental Working Group. They’re a nonprofit committed to protecting public health as well as the environment.

The EWG researches what is in our tap water and studies the safety of our cosmetics, as well as focuses on GMO (genetically modified organisms) and these unhealthy pesticides on our foods.

We just wanted to let you know where we get our information. EWG is a reliable organization doing good in the world. They don’t just stop at the dirty dozen either — they offer up a “Clean 15” as well.

Latest Dirty Dozen Foods

dirty dozen organic list

This list is great because it lets you know when you should buy organic or conventional. The dirty dozen pesticide foods are:

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

Pro Tip: We’ll go ahead and say that both sweet bell peppers and hot peppers have made the dirty dozen fruits and veggies list before. They were on the list last year.

Beetnik believes that great food comes from genuinely great ingredients.  Given we utilize only organic ingredients our meals do not fall into the dirty dozen list of fruits and vegetables at all!  Check out Beetnik’s organic frozen meals as you’re taking steps toward healthy eating.

Curious About the Clean 15?

what are the dirty dozen foods

Here’s the list of items that are relatively safe to buy, even when they’re not organic:

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapple
  4. Sweet peas (frozen)
  5. Onions
  6. Papayas
  7. Eggplants
  8. Asparagus
  9. Kiwi
  10. Cabbage
  11. Cauliflower
  12. Cantaloupe
  13. Broccoli
  14. Mushrooms
  15. Honeydew melons

Good news, right? Our favorite healthy fat and superfood star tops the list! All hail the clean and mighty avocado! It just keeps getting better and better.

You’ll notice that some of these on the clean 15 have thicker skins, layers, and rinds. That certainly helps. However, pesticides don’t just affect the surface of fruits and veggies; they can make their way inside — more reason to pay attention to what’s detected on the items in the dirty dozen especially.

What About Those Middle Ground Foods?

What about the foods that don’t make the dirty dozen or the clean 15? You may notice that items like bananas and carrots do not appear on the list. Your best bet and healthiest option with these? Buy organic.

It can get expensive. We understand. Here’s a tip for eating organic on a budget – look for fresh seasonal fruits and veggies. For example, opt for organic apples in the fall when they are plentiful. You can do this for several produce items that grow different times of the year. You’ll pay a premium when you buy produce out of season.

As a bonus, you’re changing up your fruit and veggie intake all year long. You’re not suffering from burnout on one organic item repeatedly. Change it up!

The Importance of Washing Your Produce

When you wash your produce, you’re not necessarily removing all the pesticides and chemicals. As mentioned before, these work their way into the plants themselves. But you can certainly reduce your exposure to these harmful components when you’re diligent about washing.

Don’t scrub too much. Did you know that some of the dirt and soil on produce is good for our digestive health? The earth gives us what we need in a variety of ways if we let it.

Lastly, explore frozen options. You’ll spend less and still reap the rewards of freshness. At Beetnik, we believe in freezing all this natural perfection and keeping everything organic. We’ve built our business around it. We share your passion for real food. Shop Beetnik today!


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