The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15

We all want to feed our family the healthiest food that we possible can, but we have to stay on budget. We all know about the chemicals, pesticides, antibiotics and hormones, that are present in the foods that we eat.

Many of us are trying to live more frugally; by stretching our already tight budgets as much possible, so the idea of eating Organically while also sticking to a grocery budget, may seem out of reach. But, it is within everyone’s reach if you plan and know a few tricks, so to speak.

The “Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen” is a list put out by the Environmental Working Group each year of the fruits and veggies with the most pesticides and those with the least. Focus on spending some of your budget on Organic produce from the Dirty Dozen list. This is the list for produce that growers use more chemicals on to keep insects, and disease away. Spend more of your money on conventional produce, which are on the Clean Fifteen list. This list is safer for consumption compared to the dirty dozen. We recommend washing all produce (including organic) because they have been handled many times on their trip from the farm to your home.

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