The Clean Fifteen And The Dirty Dozen ~ When To Go Organic

The Clean Fifteen And The Dirty Dozen ~ When To Go OrganicJuicing is quickly becoming all the rage, with juice bars popping up all over the place. Not to mention the juice cleanse craze that seems to be sweeping the nation. I bet small appliance stores are having a hard time keeping juicers on the shelves, with everyone wanting to get in on the action.

But before you up and buy a juicer of your own, there are few housekeeping rules to know.

The organic versus non organic war rages on, and I don’t intend to weigh in here; however, there are a few things you should be concerned with when juicing.

There is a term called the “Dirty Dozen”, and it refers the fruits and vegetables with high levels of pesticide residue. Sometimes eating organic can get pricey, especially in winter climates. But with this list we can be sure that we at least know what we’re getting into, and therefore can make educated decisions about what we should be consuming organically.

Whether you eat organically or not is especially important if you’ll be juicing your fruits and veggies.

The Dirty Dozen, in terms of the highest to the lowest pesticide residue measured on average:

  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Strawberries
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Imported Nectarines
  • Grapes
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Domestic Blueberries
  • Lettuce
  • Kale/Collard Greens

When I first came across this list, I was surprised and a little bit saddened as some of my favorite fruits and vegetables have the dishonor of being named dirty. But I also felt empowered that at least now I knew.

Immediately I began buying the aforementioned produce organic or local, via the farmer’s market, because I believe buying local and knowing my produce purveyor provides me the luxury of asking key questions, such as “is this sprayed?”

I also set out to find what fruits and vegetables were more safe, containing less pesticide residue. Luckily I also found “The Clean Fifteen”- such cute names they give these lists! Happily, this list contained some of my favorites as well!

  • Onions
  • Sweet Corn
  • Pineapples
  • Avocados
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet Peas
  • Mangoes
  • Eggplant
  • Domestic Cantaloupe
  • Kiwi
  • Cabbage
  • Watermelon
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Grapefruit
  • Mushrooms

So many options, no?!

How to juggle between buying organic and non-organic

Now when I am feeling the budgetary pinch, for whatever reason, I tend to stick with the clean fifteen for my juice and smoothie contents. Also I have found that frozen organic varieties tend to be cheaper and last longer, due to the nature of them being frozen.

So the next time you juice, ask yourself, am I being “clean” or am I being “dirty”?

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