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The Dirty Dozen

We’re very lucky at Evolution Organics as we have a beautiful organic farm across the way from our office, selling an array of colourful fruit, vegetables, fresh eggs and freshly baked bread… but for many people it might not be as convenient and buying organic may be too expensive. However you don’t have to buy all organic to reduce your chemical contamination. This list shows you which fruit and vegetables contain the most chemicals and which contain the least. Use it when shopping to help make the best choices for you and your family.

12 most contaminated – dirty dozen

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Strawberries
  4. Peaches
  5. Spinach
  6. Nectarine
  7. Grapes
  8. Peppers
  9. Potatoes
  10. Blueberries
  11. Lettuce
  12. Kale

15 Least contaminated 

  1. Onions
  2. Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Avocado
  5. Asparagus
  6. Sweet Peas
  7. Mangoes
  8. Aubergine
  9. Melon
  10. Kiwi
  11. Cabbage
  12. Watermelon
  13. Sweet Potatoes
  14. Grapefruit
  15. Mushrooms

4 thoughts on “The Dirty Dozen”

  • Philena Bruce

    Many thanks for this list. Except for most fruit I buy organic. It explains why I have difficulty eating strawberries and grapes. Love both, but if I buy from a supermarket, I just find myself not eating them. As I like and eat many of the items in the lesser contaminated list, I'm so pleased that they are fairly safe. I was told by a takeaway Chinese Restaurant that baby corn is usually GMO corn. Are you saying that they are not? As haven't eaten baby corn for years after hearing this..

    • Marie-Eve Maitland
      Marie-Eve Maitland July 3, 2017 at 11:16 am

      Hello Philena

      We buy mostly organic when we can or from farmers market; they know where their goods come from and if it's been sprayed, etc.

      I love grapes but finding an organic variety has been very difficult but when I do, I am so glad I devour them!

      I am unsure about the baby corn dilemma. In the article we mentioned more commonly used fruits & veg... Corn is different from baby corn and providing the corn is non GMO (which is what you usually get in the UK supermarkets) it's fine to buy non organic but I find the best corn is bought in season (mid-august to early September) from your local farmers market/farm: you get the sweetest most tastiest corn (with grass fed butter please).

      Thank you for getting in touch

  • David Jones

    On the subject of non-organic potatoes, the year before last our local farmer grew spuds in the field behind our bungalow, and I kid you not, the field was sprayed around ten times before the potatoes were lifted. I somehow doubt they were sprayed with sugar and spice and all things nice. In fact sometimes the air was filled with the delightful smell of FLY SPRAY! Not so nice.
    Needless to say, I only buy organic.

    • Marie-Eve Maitland
      Marie-Eve Maitland July 31, 2017 at 1:31 pm

      Hi David

      That is simply awful and thank you for getting in touch. Fly spray? Not a good smell and makes you think twice (if not fifteen) times before you buy non organic! I hope you had your windows closed.

      Buying organic = better for our health and the future.

      In Health

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Marie-Eve Maitland Marie-Eve (pronounced the French way and, yes, you guessed it, Henry's wife) is our kitchen and food-wiz and is behind our healthy recipes and also manages our twitter account (get in touch!).  Having graduated in dietetics in Canada, Marie-Eve is passionate about eating, discovering new foods and leading a healthy lifestyle to make sure she in tip-top shape to look after her little girl, Elodie.Marie-Eve loves cooking (of course), weight training, yoga, walking, matcha green tea and chocolate (amongst other things).

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