As a mom feeding seven hungry people, I usually disregarded organic options in the past because of cost. Our food budget was stretched pretty thin! Yet, I also understood that some fruits and vegetables absorb pesticides more than others and I certainly didn’t want to be feeding that to my family.
When I was introduced to the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15” lists, it provided me with a balanced perspective of where it is valuable to spend the extra money for organic produce and where I can still choose non-organic and be safe.
If you’re not familiar with these lists, I’m including the 2014 list here. You can also find more information here.
Clean Fifteen — these are okay to buy non-organic
Dirty Dozen Plus–If you can, consider organic
It’s taking a little more effort as I change some of my purchasing practices, but I believe the health trade-off is worth it.
What about you? Have you changed any of your eating or shopping practices in exchange for health benefits?