Healthy, balanced diet is very important to maintain youthfulness and health.

It is always encouraged to have a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables as they are rich in vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients. They seem to be the healthiest option.

If you are not familiar with the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen terms than you should read on.
Those are the two lists published every year by Environmental Working Group (EWG) which shows the fruits and vegetables which are most contaminated by pesticides (Dirty Dozen) and those which have the lowest traces of pesticides (Clean Fifteen).

It is advised to get to know both lists as they are useful when doing grocery shopping. It is recommended to buy organic on the Dirty Dozen list and buy conventional on the Clean Fifteen list.When EWG refers to Dirty Dozen, they refer to 12 dirtiest crops that farmers use most pesticides on. The list is below.

It is very important because as much fruits and vegetables are great sources of vitamins and minerals there is lots of pesticides being used to grow them. When we are exposed to pesticides in high doses it can lead to various health issues.

The Dirty Dozen:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale
  4. Nectarines
  5. Apples
  6. Grapes
  7. Peaches
  8. Cherries
  9. Pears
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Celery
  12. Potatoes
    More on EWG website

The Clean Fifteen:

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