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Must Foods to Buy Organic

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) created the dirty dozen and the clean fifteen.

EWG lists fruits and vegetables with the highest and lowest levels of pesticide residue. Pesticides have shown to cause cancer and hormone disruption.

Dirty Dozen

1. Strawberry

2. Spinach

3. Kale, Collard, Mustard Greens


5. Apple


7. Cherries

8. Peaches

9. Pears

10. Bell Peppers and Hot Peppters

11. Celery

12. Tomato

Clean Fifteen

1. Avocado

2. Sweet Corn

3. Pineapple

4. Onion

5. Papaya

6. Sweet Peas

7. Eggplant

8. Asparagus

9. Broccolli

10. Cabbage

11. Kiwi

12. Mushrooms

13. Honeydew

14. Cantaloupe

15. Cauliflower

For the full list, go to the EWG website.

EWG provides consumers insight into determining which fruits or vegetables would be best to buy organic. The list helps consumers with a tighter budget to prioritize which produce is more important to buy organic. Also a great reminder to always wash your produce to remove any other chemicals/pesitides on the outer areas of the fruit or vegetable.

Remember, do not be wary of fruits and vegetables as they have many nutritional benefits. Fruits and vegetables are packed with vital nutrients such as vitamin C, Vitamin A, iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium.

The list helps me prioritize which produce I should buy organic and allows me to stretch my money.

At Joy In Wellness, we look at the root cause of a problem by working with clients in improving their diet and choosing foods best that fit their needs. The choice of buying more organic food with fewer pesticides and chemicals helps reduce the inflammatory burden. The chronic inflammation is a stressor to the body affecting in a myriad of symptoms from rash, allergies, joint aches/pain, stomach issues, to autoimmune disorders. This list helps people become a more informed consumer.


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