Plant-Based Nutrition

The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen: What You Need to Know to Live Your Cleanest Life!

I don’t know about you, but eating 100% organic all the time just isn’t a possibility for me. It can be expensive, time-consuming, and sometimes inconvenient.

But what if there was a way to figure out what types of organic food we should be buying AND save money? Good news, there is! Thanks to a couple nifty lists called the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen, you and I can choose the best organic and non-organic produce, save money, and avoid all those nasty chemicals and pesticides.

The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists have been around for a while now. But what does each list really mean?

The Dirty Dozen is a list of fruits and veggies that are typically grown using lots of pesticides and other chemicals. Generally speaking, if you want to avoid consuming pesticides then it’s best to choose the organic version of the same food. Organic produce isn’t grown with harmful chemicals and pesticides and is not GMO.

On the other hand, the Clean Fifteen is a list of fruits and veggies that are less likely to have pesticide residues.

If you’re concerned about potential chemical residues on your food, use these Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists when you shop to help you pick the best produce for you and your family!

If a food falls under the Dirty Dozen, opt for organic whenever possible. If it falls under the Clean Fifteen, it’s probably safe. Just keep in mind that although sweet corn and papayas are on the Clean Fifteen list and are less likely to be sprayed with pesticides, it still might be best to choose organic options as corn and papaya crops could be genetically modified (GMO).


The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen

Dirty Dozen Info Graphic

Clean fifteen Info Graphic


There you have it, the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen! You don’t have to buy organic all the time, but if you want to avoid heavily sprayed crops, these lists are a serious life saver! Some fruits and veggies are just best organic!

What else is best organic? Your supplements!

That includes clean eating essentials like our organic protein, chia seeds, superfoods, coconut oil, and more.


Alissa Kepas

Alissa Kepas

Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master

As an experienced yoga instructor and Reiki master, I know the power that comes from yoga. I’ve practiced yoga all over the world and am always inspired by the nature around me. I encourage my students to let go and embrace new opportunities so we can become the best versions of ourselves.

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