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We all love to make lists, don’t we? They help keep us organized and relieve stress because we feel more in control once we’ve written things down. While many of our lists are essential, probably no other lists are more important than those we make for the kitchen. We prepare food, store food and supplies, gather for celebrations and create and enjoy beautiful meals in this important room.

Below are three great lists to keep in your kitchen and consult as you prepare to shop, since they help you stay both organized and healthy!

The Dirty Dozen™ is a list of foods with the most pesticide residue and are the most important to buy organic.  The Environmental Working Group created this list several years ago and estimates that individuals can reduce their exposure to pesticides by 80% if they switch to organic when buying these 12 foods.

The Dirty Dozen™

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Sweet bell peppers
  4. Peaches
  5. Strawberries
  6. Nectarines (imported)
  7. Grapes
  8. Spinach
  9. Lettuce
  10. Cucumbers
  11. Blueberries (domestic)
  12. Potatoes

The Clean Fifteen™ tells you which foods contain little or no pesticide residue, so it might not be as important to buy them organic, which can be more costly. Many of these foods have thick skins that can be removed before eating, so any pesticide residue is also more easily removed.

The Clean Fifteen™

  1. Onions
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Avocados
  5. Cabbage
  6. Sweet peas
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangoes
  9. Eggplant
  10. Kiwi
  11. Cantaloupe (domestic)
  12. Sweet potatoes
  13. Grapefruit
  14. Watermelon
  15. Mushrooms