The Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen

Fruit and Vegetables

If you can afford it then I recommend eating all organic food, especially if you want to heal from a chronic illness. However, if you are on a tight budget, or perhaps if the particular fruit or vegetable that you want isn’t available at your local organic supplier then use these two lists as guidelines for your decision.

These lists are taken from the Environmental Working Group based on USDA measurements of residual pesticides in fruits and vegetables in the USA. For the full list of 50 for 2016 (they update them every year) see their website

The Dirty Dozen

Here the twelve fruits and vegetables that are in general the most contaminated with pesticides. Definitely aim to get at the very least these as organic. The list goes from the most to the least contaminated.


1. Strawberries

2. Apples

3. Nectarines

4. Peaches

5. Celery

6. Grapes

7. Cherries

8. Spinach

9. Tomatoes

10. Sweet Bell Peppers (Capsicums)

11. Cherry Tomatoes

12. Cucumbers


The Clean Fifteen

Here are the fifteen safest fruits and vegetables to buy non-organic from the least to the most contaminated:

Avocado and Lemon

1. Avocadoes

2. Sweet Corn

3. Pineapples

4. Cabbage

5. Sweet Peas Frozen

6. Onions

7. Asparagus

8. Mangos

9. Papayas

10. Kiwifruit

11. Eggplant

12. Honeydew Melon

13. Grapefruit

14. Cantaloupe

15. Cauliflower

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