What to buy organic….aka “The Dirty Dozen” and what you do NOT have to buy organic…a top 15 list.

What is important to buy organic?

What should you buy organic???? It is important to buy MEAT, DAIRY (if you consume that) and COFFEE from organic farms and growers. In addition, here is a list called “The Dirty Dozen” which is a list of vegetables that have an extremely high numbers of pesticides and chemicals (some have had as many as 15 found on one item) on them. Not buying these foods organic results in you and your family ingesting many harmful chemicals. If these foods are not available organically grown or if they are too expensive, you should just avoid them at that time.

1. Peaches

2. Apples

3. Sweet Bell Peppers


5. Nectarines

6. Strawberries

7. Cherries

8. Kale

9. Leafy Greens

10. Grapes

11. Carrots

12. Pears

On a side note…potatos and tomatoes have recently moved off of EWG’s Dirty Dozen list but if you can buy them organic you should.

This next list of foods is a list of foods that would be OK to buy not organically grown. They have far less problems with bugs attacking them therefore needing  less pesticides.

1. Onions

2. Avocados

3.Sweet Corn

4. Pineapple


6. Asparagus

7. Sweet Peas


9. Cabbage



12. Watermelon

13. Broccoli

14. Tomato

15. Sweet Potato


About christybutch

Hi! I am Christy Butch. Married to Garrett Butch and the mother of two boys, Collin and Ryan. I am the Co-Founder of Maximum Potential, a company that teaches people how to work with autistic children. I am also a Strength Coach CF-L1 Instructor and Olympic Lift Coach as well as Nutrition Certified. This blog is about the journey to drastically change my families diet to better our immediate and long term health. I am excited to see what lies in store for us, especially my 7 year old who is autistic.We are now following a diet of meat.vegetables.nuts,seeds,little starch and little sugar.
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