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The Dirty Dozen

November 28th, 2008 by amy

In this case, we’re talking about your recommended 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily, and not the classic movie.

When budgets get squeezed, and we hear media reports each day about the looming recession, everyone looks for ways to make their dollars stretch further.  And while we all know their are advantages to eating organic and fresh foods whenever possible, sometimes the premium you pay for organic can make these choices cost-prohibitive.  Pick & choose wisely with these recommendations from the USDA and  Environmental Working Group (EWG), a research and advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C.

Top Fruits & Veggies to buy Organic:


  • Apples
  • Cherries
  • Grapes, imported (Chili)
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries


  • Bell peppers
  • Celery
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach

What makes these fruits & veggies so special?  USDA research shows that these Dirty Dozen retain the highest levels of pesticide residue, even after washing.

Already got those covered?  The other top recommendations are

  • Milk
  • Beef
  • Poultry

Still worried about the costs?  Get creative and join a co-op, head to your local farmer’s market, shop around, buy local or grow your own for the best prices! Recommendations are that you can stay with conventional products for this next list of fruits and veggies because they tend to contain little or no residue. That’s right, Glow Mama’s ingredient - kiwi fruit - made this list!


  • Bananas
  • Kiwi
  • Mangos
  • Papaya
  • Pineapples


  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Corn
  • Onions
  • Peas

2 Responses to “The Dirty Dozen”

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  2. Heike Mackey Says:

    Stunning images! I adore the post so much! ;)

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