When to Buy Organic

I am often asked about the importance of buying organic produce. In other words, is the extra expense always worth it?

Every year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture releases a list of the foods with the highest and lowest levels of pesticides, based on a report from the Pesticide Data Program. They are called the "Dirty Dozen" and the "Clean 15".

Year after year, you will typically see the same items on each of the lists, though in slightly different order. Here are the results from the 2019 report.

The 2019 Dirty Dozen List

  1. Strawberries

  2. Spinach

  3. Kale

  4. Nectarines

  5. Apples

  6. Grapes

  7. Peaches

  8. Cherries

  9. Pears

  10. Tomatoes

  11. Celery

  12. Potatoes

The 2019 Clean Fifteen List

  1. Avocados

  2. Sweet corn

  3. Pineapples

  4. Frozen sweet peas

  5. Onions

  6. Papayas

  7. Eggplants

  8. Asparagus

  9. Kiwis

  10. Cabbages

  11. Cauliflower

  12. Cantaloupes

  13. Broccoli

  14. Mushrooms

  15. Honeydew melons

Roxy Turner 
BHC Nutrition Coach