Juicing: The Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen

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When you are juicing fruits and vegetable, you should take into consideration the types of fruits and veggies that you are juicing. If you are juicing non-organic produce that is more or less saturated with chemicals, there is a good chance you’ll create yourself a nice chemical cocktail, if you are not careful.

This means you need to know what sorts of produce are known to be full of chemicals (if not organic) and what sorts of produce are generally safe, even in non-organic form.

A further explanation can be found in the EWG’s 2013 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce.

The Dirty Dozen

This is the list of produce that you should try to avoid for juicing if you cannot get your hands on the organic varieties:

  1. celery
  2. peaches
  3. strawberries
  4. apples
  5. blueberries
  6. nectarines
  7. sweet bell peppers
  8. spinach, kale, collard greens
  9. cherries
  10. potatoes
  11. grapes
  12. lettuce

The Clean Fifteen

These are a safer bet if you can’t buy organic:

  1. onions
  2. avocados
  3. sweet corn
  4. pineapples
  5. mango
  6. sweet peas
  7. asparagus
  8. kiwi fruit
  9. cabbage
  10. eggplant
  11. cantaloupe
  12. watermelon
  13. grapefruit
  14. sweet potatoes
  15. sweet onions

That list doesn’t contain as many “tasty” sounding items as the dirty dozen, but it’s more safe from being saturated with chemicals if you can’t buy organic.

Thanks to the Epiphanettes blog for tipping me off to this list.

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