The “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” list comes out annually on the Environmental Working Group (EWG) website. (See links below.) This is an annual listing of the “Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce.” As you would guess, the Dirty Dozen are the fruits and vegetables that have the most pesticides on them. The Clean Fifteen are the fruits and vegetables with the least pesticide residue. (Refer to the EWG listing above.) EWG’s recommendation is that you should eat only Organic fruits and vegetables on the Dirty Dozen list. It is acceptable to eat the Clean Fifteen fruits and vegetables that are conventionally grown. (not Organic)

Having said this, I believe a high daily consumption of fruits and vegetables is so important to our health and for cancer prevention (and research strongly supports this) that I would rather you eat well-washed conventionally grown produce than not eat fruits and vegetables. The Healthy Plate diagram shows half of your plate should be fruits and vegetables at every meal.

(On a personal note, I prefer to eat food that is grown in the US, because some of the most harmful pesticides are still  in use in Mexico and Chile. This is a fact, not a personal statement on a country or their people.)

How Do I Find the Free Information from EWG?

The Environmental Working Group ( offers lots of free information on their website. Click on the links below to view the main site or either listing. (I support this website with a small donation annually. Their work is so important, and I want to share it with you. However, you can view the website without donating. If you give them your email on the pop-up box that appears, they will send you an email with the information listed in the  links below.)

EWG Main Site

Dirty Dozen  or  Clean Fifteen

Can I Just Drink Juice?

Yes and no. A glass of 100% orange juice or tomato juice is good for you. However, you lose the cleansing benefits of the fiber when drinking juice. The natural fruit sugar may cause your blood sugar to spike. (This only applies to fruit juice.) One of your daily servings of fruit however, could be 4 ounces of orange or grapefruit juice, or 8 ounces of V-8.)

A much better option, however, is to juice fresh organic-only vegetables with a fruit added if you want to drink juice. You can combine nutritional powerhouses like dark leafy greens with an apple to have lots of cleansing and healing antioxidants in one glass of juice.

What About Eating the Produce Over Juicing?

There are businesses that offer you high quality, fresh-squeezed organic juice in some of the larger cities. This is convenient and takes the work out of juicing at home.

However, there could be two drawbacks to this option for you:

  • The local “juicer” is not conveniently located for you.
  • The cost keeps you from doing this frequently or daily.

In our next blog, we’ll talk about an alternative to juicing that was recommended when I left treatment 18 years ago. It’s always available, affordable, and it’s the next best thing to juicing fresh fruits and vegetables.


Suzanne Bonner, Author

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