Dirty 12 & Clean 15 - What Does It Mean?


After listening to the Rich Roll Podcast with Dr.Zach Bush I was really inspired to look further into the pesticides used in farming our fruits and vegetables. During that podcast, Dr.Bush speaks about the Dirty 12 and Clean 15. If you're working towards living a healthier lifestyle but you're worried about the "cost" at the grocery store, the Dirty 12 & Clean 15 list will tell you what produce you should only buy if organic and which ones you can get away with not buying organic. 

Today is the day that the Environmental Working Group releases the list of the Dirty 12 and Clean 15. Click HERE to have the PDF emailed to you!

Some key takeaways from the 2018 guide are:

  • More than one-third of strawberry samples analyzed in 2016 contained 10 or more pesticide residues and breakdown products.
  • More than 98 percent of samples of strawberries, peaches, potatoes, nectarines, cherries and apples tested positive for residue of at least one pesticide.
  • Spinach samples had, on average, almost twice as much pesticide residue by weight compared to any other crop.
  • Avocados and sweet corn were the cleanest. Less than 1 percent of samples showed any detectable pesticides.
  • More than 80 percent of pineapples, papayas, asparagus, onions and cabbages had no pesticide residues.
  • No single fruit sample from the Clean Fifteen tested positive for more than four pesticides.

Hopefully, this information will help you make a more informed decision at the grocery store!

Health is Happiness!
Mandy Gill

Working away in my community garden!

Working away in my community garden!