Foods to ALWAYS buy Organic

Written by Brenton Wight, LeanMachine – Health Researcher, updated 3rd July 2020

The latest results from the EWG (Envirinmental Working Group) are now published as the Clean Fifteen Foods, and the Dirty Dozen that we should buy only as Organic:

Dirty Dozen List – always buy as Organic

  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Nectarines
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Peaches
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Tomatoes
  • Celery
  • Potatoes

The Clean Fifteen foods have the lowest levels of pesticides, even when conventionally grown.
If  organic foods are unavailable, select foods from this list to reduce harmful chemical exposure.

Clean Fifteen List – safer foods less likely to be toxic

  • Avocados
  • Sweet corn
  • Pineapple
  • Onions
  • Papaya
  • Sweet peas (frozen)
  • Eggplants
  • Asparagus
  • Cauliflower
  • Cantaloupe
  • Broccoli
  • Mushrooms
  • Cabbage
  • Honeydew melon
  • Kiwi

The EWG uses lab reports and studies that measure pesticides and other chemicals excreted from the urine of people eating particular foods.

Higher intake of organic foods has been shown to improve fertility, birth outcomes, and reduce risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and obesity.

The only way to prevent contaminating food crops is to not buy those products unless they are organic.
A few years ago, organic foods were very expensive, but these days, as the demand increases, organic foods are much more affordable, and will be cheaper again as conventional growers go broke when no one buys their products, and the additional volume of organic foods brings the price down yet again.

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