Organic food can be expensive.  Because of this reason, it may be a good idea to buy certain food in organic form.  The dirty dozen refers to the skin on the fruit.  Usually, if you eat the skin, you should buy it organic.  If it is something you peel such as oranges, lemons, etc. you can buy non organic if you are want to save some money. 

Below is a list of the dirty dozen. 

Celery: Celery is a good vegetable to buy organic.  The USDA have found over 60 different pesticides that have been sprayed on celery.  Buying organic celery is a smart choice.  If you cannot find organic celery, it is a good idea to skip it all together because there are so many harmful pesticides that are being sprayed on this vegetable.

 Potatoes: There are many pesticides found on a regular potato.  Sweet potatoes are the next best thing if you cannot find organic.  The USDA has tested regular brown potatoes to have over 30 different pesticides on them.  This is something that you absolutely do not want to consume.

Grapes: Whether you are buying red grapes or green grapes, it is a smart choice to buy them organic.  Since grapes grow on vines, they are sprayed with nearly 30 different pesticides.  When raisins are made, they have just as many pesticides when they are dried as well.  The wine and the grape juice we drink is a problem too.  It is always best to fresh squeeze your own organic juice, but if you can’t, the next best option would be to find organic juice at your local supermarket.

 Nectarines and Peaches: Nectarines and peaches go into the same category because they are both sprayed with just as many pesticides.  If you cannot find organic nectarines and peaches at your local food market, a good substitute would be an orange or fresh pineapple.

Peppers: Whether you are eating bell peppers, jalapeno peppers or chile peppers, there are over 50 different pesticides that are being sprayed on these vegetables.  This is very dangerous to our health when we are consuming them.  Most local supermarkets offer an organic version of the pepper for you to buy.

Strawberries: Strawberries are so delicious and the organic kind are definitely good for you.  It is incredibly hard to peel the outer layer off of a strawberry, so you are forced to eat the entire strawberry.  It is important to buy strawberries in organic.  Strawberries are hard to grow, so if farmers want to grow a mass production of them they will spray them down with pesticides so they are able to sell more.  While this may be good for their wallet, it is very harmful for the consumers eating them.

Blueberries: Blueberries are very similar to strawberries in the amount of pesticides that are sprayed on them.  If you can buy organic that is great, if not, frozen blueberries are usually a little better.

Spinach: If you normally buy fresh spinach, it is smart to buy organic.  You aren’t any safer buying frozen spinach because there are just as many pesticides in the frozen spinach.  However, if you cannot afford fresh organic spinach, there aren’t as many pesticides found in a can of spinach.  Another substitute for organic spinach would be organic lettuce.  Organic lettuce is usually a little more affordable than the spinach.

Apples: Apples are a good fruit to eat organic.  The reason for this is because apples are sprayed with pesticides to keep the bugs out.  Also, many people make apple sauce and apple juice with their apples.  This means that the entire apple is mashed up including their skin peels.  If you want to reduce the amount of pesticides on your apple, you can peel the skin off before you enjoy your apple.

Kale: Kale is supposed to be one of the super foods and make you feel great as well as having so many health benefits to them.  The problem with this is if you don’t buy organic kale, you aren’t doing any favors to yourself.  The USDA has found many pesticides sprayed onto kale.

Meat: The dirty dozen refers to fruits and vegetables, but meat should be added to the list.  Chicken and red meat are the most important types of meat to buy organic.  Since you are eating the animal, you are eating what they eat.  If they don’t grow up as grass fed animals, you will just be contaminating yourself even worse.

Milk: Milk is another food product that you should buy organic.  With all of the chem trails that they are sprayed, it is scary to know that pesticides and other harmful chemicals are being found in breast milk.  If it is found in something that is supposed to be natural, can you imagine what is found in a non organic milk?

Eggs: Eggs do not make it on the dirty dozen list of 2013, but they definitely should be.  It is a smart choice to buy your eggs organic or from a local farmer.  Why would you want your eggs to be from a chicken who is cooped up with other chickens in a cage all day?  Free range eggs from chickens are the best ones to choose from.

 You don’t have to buy all organic food, but if you had to choose, there are some types of food that you should buy in organic rather than out of your local non organic grocery store.

There is also a list of the clean dozen.  These are foods that are okay buying non organic.  The reason for this is because of their thick exterior skin or because they are hearty and are able to survive without being sprayed by many pesticides.  Some of the fruits and vegetables part of the clean dozen are; kiwi, grapefruit, mushrooms, avocado, asparagus, onions, mango, sweet peas and pineapple.  If you were to buy organic, the dirty dozen is the best ones to buy organic.  If you cannot afford all organic food, it is a good idea to buy the clean dozen in non organic if you had to pick and choose.

Dirty Dozen and Clean Dozen