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When it comes to buying organic versus conventional produce, the general rule of thumb is to invest your dollars in the generally more expensive organic versions of the “Dirty Dozen.” The Dirty Dozen is a list of foods compiled every year by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). The list tells you which foods have the most pesticides.

Here are the most pesticide-laden foods in the grocery store, so buy the organic versions of these fruits and vegetables:

  1. Apples
  2. Strawberries
  3. Grapes
  4. Celery
  5. Peaches
  6. Spinach
  7. Sweet Bell Peppers
  8. Nectarines (Imported)
  9. Cucumbers
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Snap Peas (Imported)
  12. Potatoes

To save money, no need to purchase organic versions of these foods as they are considered the Clean 15:

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Sweet Peas (Frozen)
  6. Onions
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangoes
  9. Papayas
  10. Kiwi
  11. Eggplant
  12. Grapefruit
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Sweet Potatoes

Source: Thanks to Lauryn Lax for this list. You can read more Tips and Tricks for Healthy Shopping on a Budget at the Breaking Muscle blog.

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