Hooray for the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15
In my life I try to eat organic and non-GMO food as much as possible for several reasons.
Not only do I wish to avoid the poisonous pesticides as much as possible (and I feel that when I have not grown it myself, organic purchasing is the best way going), I also want to avoid genetically modified foods or GMO's in all shapes and forms because for me it is important to avoid glyphosates. Glyphosates, which are found in "roundup" are a broad spectrum herbicide brought to popular use by Monsanto in 1974.
By volume, roundup is one of the most widely used herbicides and glyphosates have been proven to disrupt and destroy the "tight junctions" in between all cells in our bodies and because genetically modified plants are designed to be herbicide/roundup resistant the liklihood that roundup/glyphosate has been used in a non organic/gmo veggie is high.
Now, why is this important?
well, tight junction disruption in the gastrointestinal tract particularly has been proven to be linked to "leaky gut", IBS, gluten intolerance and a whole host of very prominent physiological problems that we are seeing in our current population like never before. Not to scare anyone but the WHO (world health organization) has stated that glyphosate is probably linked to cancer.
One thing that is important to realize here is that buying 100% Organic, Certified Organic, and USDA Organic-labeled products is usually the easiest way to identify and avoid genetically modified ingredients. The United States and Canadian governments do NOT allow companies to label products “100% / Certified Organic” if they contain genetically modified foods.
So... because buying organic and non-GMO can be pricey to say the least I use a "the dirty dozen and the clean 15" to help me decide which of the fruits and vegetables I can buy non-organic and feel ok about eating and which of the fruits and vegetables that I enjoy I absolutely must buy organic.
This list will help you make the best choices for your health and for the earth, whatever your current budget or state of greenness.
The Dirty Dozen (in order of contamination) Apples Celery Sweet bell peppers Peaches Strawberries Nectarines Grapes Spinach Lettuce Cucumbers Blueberries Potatoes
The Clean 15 (in order of least contamination) Onions Sweet Corn Pineapples Avocado Cabbage Sweet peas Asparagus Mangoes Eggplant Kiwi Cantaloupe Sweet potatoes Grapefruit Watermelon Mushrooms
And!!! Yes, there is even a phone app that can help you on the fly, in the store, cruising around the produce department..
Just do a search for Dirty Dozen and you will find it.
So, when you are not eating our organic, vegan chocolate and you are looking for some guidance on what veggies you may purchase to save a few $$$ turn to this list. It's indispensable.
Happy shopping, happy cooking, happy eating.