The EWG has just published it’s list of the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen fruits and veggies for 2015…
When you are trying to do AIP on a budget as I am, you cannot always afford to buy every single item of produce as organic, so knowing which ones “MUST” be organic (the dirty dozen) and which ones you can get away with being non-organic (the clean fifteen) is important.
Despite this, I would recommend that you still buy as much as you can as local and seasonal produce as it will be fresher and far more nutritious. And lets face it, when we are eating an AIP diet to heal our bodies, nutrient density is very important. And not only that, local, seasonal produce does tend to be cheaper as well.
Not everything on these lists is AIP-compliant however. Those that are not 100% AIP are marked with an asterisk (*)
The Dirty Dozen (these should always be purchased as organic)
- Cherry Tomatoes*
- Sweet Bell Peppers*
- Hot Peppers*
- Kale/Collard Greens
The Clean Fifteen (you can get away with purchasing non-organic versions of these)
- Sweet Corn*
- Sweet Peas (frozen)*
- Sweet Potatoes
Hopefully this list may help keep your grocery budget under control…