What’s Safe? Breaking down the “Dirty Dozen” & “Clean Fifteen...” Produce style!

Updated: Aug 7, 2021

You may or may not have heard of the dirty dozen & clean fifteen when it comes to buying organic vs commercial produce at your local market or grocery. The good news is you don’t need to shell out the extra bucks on certain veggies! The not so good news is there are some pretty “bad apples” that ruin it for everyone; and paying a little extra is completely in your best interest & health!


More than 92% of Kale samples tested positive for Dacthal (DCPA) a possible human carcinogen. Lacinato Kale (Dino, Black) are my favorites for eating and the curly green is great for juicing!


There have been studies where there have been a whopping 23 different pesticides found on these favorites in the berry family! Methyl Bromide has been banned since 2017 however the pest control sprays haven’t gotten much better since. Organic is best for these juicy little buggers!


Conventional spinach has shown to be the worst of the bunch. It is most often sprayed with neurotoxins that may attack nerve tissue. Such a beautiful leafy green filled with vitamins A, B2, K, C & more! Best enjoyed organically.


Isn’t this a gorgeous apple? Its an organic Arkansas Black Heirloom from Hood River Valley, Oregon. Usually harvested in November! Anyway, organic is key when it comes to enjoying this Harvest treat. Interestingly, apples are often sprayed with Diphenylamine that preserves color. Clearly not needed on this organic apple pictured! Organic ciders for those cozy Autumn nights is also recommended.


Grapes transform into one of our favorite beverages, am I right? Grapes thin skin provide little protection against pest control sprays. Up to 15 different pesticides have been found on skins.

CYF recommended organic wine company: Secco Wine Club. Secco features wines with a nutrition label!

No added sugars or chemicals, from certified organic wineries.

Keto-friendly if that‘s something you’re into. Cheers! Visit: www.seccowineclub.com


90% of cherries tested in 2019 showed chemical residue. This Spring & Summer (in 2021! When maybe life will be like a bowl of...) choose organic when picking.


Pesticide use on Pears has consistently gotten worse since around 2010. When packing healthy lunches, or having a snack. Many of the nutrients in Pears are found in the skin. Pick organic.