So on our constant eternal mission to be holistically healthier: to eat cleaner & maximize hair growth/retention I’ve finally decided to dive in to what I believed to be simply hype. The term/concept of Organic eating… has been tossed around very freely over the past five years and has picked up quite some traction along with “gluten free” (but that’s a whole other post that we’ll keep separately). Everything has been marked “organic” lately , and organic grocery stores are popping up on every corner rapidly. So what is the hype about really?

Organic food is generally a bit more expensive then non organic products/ groceries.  In it’s rapid gain in popularity it seems buying organic has gotten way too confusing and seems to be aimed at just making the extra bucks instead of actually educating people about what it means to buy organic. Organic food refer to how the food you are taking is grown in order to prevent, lower, or avoid ingesting chemicals. In order to be labeled an “Organic” food it has to have been grown safely without modification.  This eliminates the use of synthetic pesticides, bioengineered genes (GMO), and hormones. It is a means of food safety and sustainability.

But does that mean we have to buy everything organic to make sure we do not ingest way to many terrible chemicals? Not necessarily. EWG (environmental working group) has released two lists over the past few years entitled: The Dirty Dozen & The Clean 15 that helps you figure out which foods you should be buying organic, and which foods don’t require you to do so. EWG along side the US Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) came together to analyze pesticide residue and created a ranked list of popular foods we consume. From this list they created our dirty dozen (foods you should buy organic) and clean 15 (foods that don’t need to be organic)

Below you’ll find the dirty dozen & clean 15. If you’re like me and like to have this info at easy access when ever you need it we’ve created a free printable for you to post in your home, or keep on your phone for a quick reminder. Click here for your free printable of the dirty dozen & clean 15!

Dirty Dozen (buy these items organic)

  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Hot Peppers
  • Imported grapes
  • Imported Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Potatoes
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet bell peppers


Spinach, Kale & Collard Greens

and Summer Squash & Zucchini

The Clean 15 (not necessary to buy organic)


  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe
  • Sweet corn
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Mango
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Papayas
  • Pineapples
  • Sweet peas  (frozen)
  • Sweet potatoes

List provided by: Real Food Girl: Unmodified

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Hey there! I'm Melissa, co-founder of Trials n Tresses, natural hair and beauty lover, binge tv watcher and lover of life. When I am not creating content for TNT, I'm busy teaching the future of society.