Dirty Dozen 2018

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Yippee! The Dirty Dozen 2018 list put out by the EWG (Environmental Working Group) was just published and at the top of the list are strawberries for the third year in a row.

Needless to say, this is not good news for strawberry lovers (or anyone with a favored fruit or veggie on the Dirty Dozen 2018 list).


What is the Dirty Dozen 2018?

Savvy shoppers want to know what is the Dirty Dozen?

I wrote a detailed blog post — as in last month — about this subject and I don’t favor going into it in depth again. If you are curious, you may find the original post here.

In short, the Dirty Dozen 2018 is the list of fresh produce (fruits and vegetables) which contain the most traces of pesticides and chemicals. Basically, if you can afford it, it would behoove you to buy these items with a certified organic label.

I know that not everyone is in a position to buy all their produce in the organic aisle. Lists such as the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen allow those of us who must budget closely to become more discerning shoppers.

It is strongly suggested that you buy organic versions of the fruits and vegetables listed on the Dirty Dozen list. Those listed on the Clean Fifteen can be bought without the organic certification. I will publish both lists below.

Without further ado, here are the lists.


Dirty Dozen 2018


The Dirty Dozen

These fruits and vegetables should be bought in the organic aisle (if your budget allows).

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


The Clean Fifteen

These fruits and vegetable can be bought non-organic. The only exceptions are those with an asterix (see note below).

  1.  Avocados
  2. Sweet Corn*
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbages
  5. Onions
  6. Sweet Peas Frozen
  7. Papayas*
  8. Asparagus
  9. Mangoes
  10. Eggplants
  11. Honeydew Melons
  12. Kiwis
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Broccoli


The Complete List

  1. Strawberries
  2.  Spinach
  3. Nectarines
  4. Apples
  5. Grapes
  6. Peaches
  7. Cherries
  8. Pears
  9. Tomatoes
  10. Celery
  11. Potatoes
  12. Sweet Bell Peppers
  13. Cherry Tomatoes
  14. Snap Peas Imported
  15.  Lettuce
  16. Blueberries
  17. Hot Peppers
  18. Plums
  19. Kale/ Collard Greens
  20. Cucumbers
  21. Green Beans
  22. Tangerines
  23. Raspberries
  24. Grapefruit
  25. Winter Squashes
  26. Carrots
  27. Oranges
  28. Summer Squashes
  29. Snap Peas Domestic
  30. Bananas
  31. Sweet Potatoes
  32. Watermelons
  33. Mushrooms
  34. Broccoli
  35. Cauliflower
  36. Cantaloupes
  37. Kiwis
  38. Honeydew Melons
  39. Eggplants
  40. Mangoes
  41. Asparagus
  42. Papayas*
  43. Sweet Peas Frozen
  44. Onions
  45. Cabbages
  46. Pineapples
  47. Sweet Corn*
  48. Avocados

* A small amount of sweet corn, papaya and summer squash sold in the United States is produced from genetically modified seeds. Buy organic varieties of these crops if you want to avoid genetically modified produce.

For further information, consults the EWG website.


Side Note: EWG and Skincare

Even though you may not wear makeup or use skincare items per say —  shampoos, conditioners, and deodorants do fall under the skincare category and I suppose you — or someone you know and love — use them.

The EWG has an amazing section on beauty products (facial, body, nail care,lotions, etc) where you can find out how clean your skincare is — or isn’t.

Think about it. If you take into consideration that the skin is the largest organ in your body, I would say this free list can be invaluable. I refer to it quite often as — admittedly — I am a bit of a health nut.


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