Clean Fifteen and the Dirty Dozen

Sometimes it is hard to buy all organic whether not available or not affordable. Below I have provided their list of the Clean Fifteen and the Dirty Dozen. Feel free to print and take shopping with you to save money and time.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases lists every year of the most and least contaminated produce to help consumers make informed choices. A total of about 50 fruits and vegetables are tested and ranked by the total number of pesticides detected on the crop and the percentage of samples tested with detectable pesticides.

Clean Fifteen

1 Avocado

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

Dirty Dozen

1 Apples

2 Peaches

3 Nectarines

4 Strawberries

5 Grapes

6 Celery

7 Spinach

8 Sweet bell peppers

9 Cucumbers

10 Cherry tomatoes

11 Snap peas - imported *

12 Potatoes *

13 Hot peppers

14 Kale / Collard greens

*= not Paleo but can do occasionally

**= grain and not part of Paleo lifestyle


Environmental Working Group’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™. (n.d.). Retrieved from

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