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The Dirty Dozen: 12 Foods to Always Buy Organic

Are you concerned about the amount of pesticides and chemicals in the food you consume? If so, you're not alone. Many people are looking for ways to reduce their exposure to harmful chemicals, especially when it comes to the fruits and vegetables they eat. That's where the Dirty Dozen comes in.


The Dirty Dozen is a list of 12 fruits and vegetables that have been found to have the highest levels of pesticides when grown conventionally. These foods are the ones that you should always buy organic if possible, as they are most likely to have been sprayed with harmful chemicals. Here is the 2023 Dirty Dozen list:

  1. Strawberries

  2. Spinach

  3. Kale, collard, and mustard greens

  4. Nectarines

  5. Apples

  6. Grapes

  7. Cherries

  8. Peaches

  9. Pears

  10. Bell and hot peppers

  11. Celery

  12. Tomatoes

By choosing to buy these foods organic, you can significantly reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals. Organic produce is grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, which means that it's better for both your health and the environment. Plus, organic farming practices are better for soil health and biodiversity.

If buying organic produce is not feasible for you, you can still reduce your exposure to pesticides by washing your fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating them. Use a produce brush and clean water to scrub off any dirt, and consider using a vegetable wash solution to remove any residues.

At the end of the day, the best way to reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals in food is to be informed and make smart choices. By choosing to buy organic when possible and washing your produce thoroughly, you can help protect yourself and your family from potentially harmful pesticides.

Thanks for reading our blog! If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Saska, Coast Womens



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