On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m comparing the health benefits of eating organic vs non-organic fruits and vegetables.
I know what you’re thinking.
The price of organic vs non-organic fruits and vegetables can sometimes be outrageous.
Is it really necessary to buy all organic food?
If all things were equal, the answer would be yes.
I mean who wouldn’t prefer a “clean” apple vs a “dirty” apple who was in bed with Mr. Chemical or Ms. Pesticide?
Did you know that certain fruits and vegetables may put you at a higher risk for disease and cancer?
It’s all about the pesticides being sprayed on our produce.
So on this edition of Food Wars, we’re comparing the “Dirty Dozen” food list vs the “Clean 15” food list.
Lets get right into it.
However, I’m a realist and obviously understand not everyone can afford to pay the price for organic fruits and vegetables.
So regardless if you can afford all organic, just some, or none at all, it still pays to know the fruits and vegetables classified as the “Dirty Dozen” and the “Clean 15”.
This is a group comprised of scientists, researchers, and policymakers who rank the pesticide contamination of 47 popular fruits and vegetables.
Use the following lists to help you determine which organic fruits and vegetables are best to invest in, based on pesticide levels, and which ones you can get away with buying non-organic.
The dirty dozen food list contains 12 fruits and vegetables that have been found to have the highest pesticide residue.
Therefore, when your budget allows, you should be buying these fruits and vegetables organic.
The clean 15 food list contains 15 fruits and vegetables that have been tested to show less pesticide residue.
So if needed, you can save money, and simply purchase these fruits and vegetables non-organic.
Buy organic when possible.
Every year the EWG releases an updated dirty dozen foods list.
The list below is the updated 2019 dirty dozen food list:
As mentioned, the dirty dozen list is updated every year.
In the video, the following fruits and vegetables were on the dirty dozen list in 2012, however they have fallen out of the top 12:
Let’s move on to the other side, the clean 15 food list.
If you’re on a budget, save your money and go non-organic, if needed.
The list below is the updated 2019 clean 15 food list:
As mentioned, the EWG updates the clean 15 list every year.
In the video, the following fruits and vegetables were on the clean 15 list in 2012, however they have fallen out of the top 15:
Eat your fruits and vegetables.
The goal of this post is not to scare you away from eating non-organic fruit and vegetables on the dirty dozen foods.
It’s very important to note that your body still gets more nutritional benefits from eating non-organic fruits and vegetables that contain pesticides, then not eating them at all.
So regardless if you can afford all organic produce, or none at all, listen to your mom and eat your fruits and vegetables.
But if you have the option to buy the organic varieties of the dirty dozen foods, do it.
Then, if you are on a budget, save your money and buy the non-organic varieties of the clean 15 fruits and vegetables.
So once again, I always want you to eat your fruit and vegetables.
That is it for another edition of Food Wars.
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.