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Have you ever thought about the pesticides on our fruit and vegetables?

For a long time, I assumed that all these chemicals since they are used so widely were not too harmful and basically safe for us humans.

Then the other day I received an email from Ocean Robbins from the food revolution website about the dirty dozen and the clean fifteen.

In this article, he wrote about all the pesticides and what they are used for and what they do to our health.

He also provided 2 lists that are known as the Dirty dozen and the Clean fifteen.

Dirty Dozen

These 12 are the fruits and vegetables that are the most sprayed with chemicals. Here is the list.

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale
  4. Nectarines
  5. Apples
  6. Grapes
  7. Peaches
  8. Cherries
  9. Pears
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Celery
  12. Potatoes
  13. Hot peppers.

What amazes me is that on this list are several items that are always recommended as being good for us. Remember the saying an apple a day will keep the doctor away and the statements that Kale is so good for us?

Clean Fifteen

Although called the clean 15 it does not mean that they are not sprayed with chemicals. They just are sprayed not so heavily as the dirty dozen above. Here is the list of 15.

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Frozen sweet peas
  5. onions
  6. Papayas
  7. Eggplant
  8. Asparagus
  9. Kiwi
  10. Cabbage
  11. Cauliflower
  12. Cantaloupes
  13. Broccoli
  14. Mushrooms
  15. Honeydew

This all means in my opinion that if you buy your food from the grocery store, and they do not have an organic section, that these are the better ones to buy. They however still contain chemicals.

What can you do to avoid the dirty dozen

table top with fruit and vegetables

The best way to makes sure that you eat fruit and vegetable that are not sprayed with any chemicals is to start your own garden.

Gardening at home can be done even when you have limited space by using containers and growing food vertical.

You can use some organic fertilizers like the Dr. earth organic fertilizer that I use in our garden.

When buying from a store try to buy organically grown foods. You have to pay attention to the labels and make sure the label says “USDA Organic”.

Wash your food

It is hard to find food that is 100% free of chemicals. Even the wind can blow some to an organic garden.

That is the reason that you should always wash all your vegetables and fruits before using them to cook with or just eat them.

What else can you do

Besides trying to eat organic fruit and vegetables to reduce your intake of pesticides and other harmful chemicals you have to look at the other foods you eat.

Organic meat and dairy

When cows, chicken, eggs, and fish are examined they all contain pesticides. They can come from where they are raised or from the food they eat.

Organic farms produce meat that comes from cows that roam around free on pastures that are not sprayed. You just have to find a place to buy grass-fed beef.

The milk of organically raised cows is not pasteurized and contains all the healthy ingredients you need. Pasteurized milk is in my opinion just colored water.


It is recommended to do a detox of your system ones in a while. I know it is not easy but If you use the Dr. Tobias colon cleanse it might be a little easier than trying to figure it out by yourself.


basket full of organic food

This is just a short article and I hope it motivated you to do more reading about what you eat and drink on a daily basis.

At least try to stay away from the dirty dozen as much as you can and wash your fruit and veggies before cooking or eating them.

At the bottom you can find the resources I used for this article and that is a good starting point to find out more. You can also use one of the links in this article to other things I wrote about here on ring the bells of peace.


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