The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 - A Shortcut for Organic Eating

Earlier this week, we talked to Jillian Exton about how to minimise your "chemical burden" and keep your chemical intake to a minimum. Jill mentioned The Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15 during the chat as a way of doing this. I was curious and this is what we found. (Print this list our for the Fridge).

Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 Organic Eating

What is the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15?

The Dirty Dozen are foods that use the highest levels of chemicals during their growing and manufacture.

The Clean 15 are the foods that use the lowest levels of chemicals during their growing and manufacture.


People often say "what foods should I buy organic for and what foods can I buy non-organic?". The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 is a great place to start.

Dirty Dozen = Higher Chemical Load = Buy Organic

Clean 15 = Low Chemical Load = OK to buy Non-Organic

If you want to chemical loading then organic all the way but if your looking to mix it up (and stretch your organic dollar), start with the Dirty Dozen.

So what food are The Dirty Dozen?

Here they are in order of high chemical to low chemical load.



The Dirty Dozen Change Chai Organic PEACH

Dirty Dozen Organic Nectarine NECTARINE

Dirty Dozen Organic strawberry STRAWBERRY

Dirty Dozen Organic Grapes GRAPES

Dirty Dozen Organic Celery    CELERY

Dirty Dozen Organic spinach SPINACH

Dirty Dozen Organic capsicum CAPSICUM

Dirty Dozen Organic Cucumber CUCUMBER

Dirty Dozen Organic Cherry Tomatoes      CHERRY TOMATOES

Dirty Dozen Organic snap peas SNAP PEAS

Dirty Dozen Organic Potato      POTATOES


And what foods and The Clean 15?

The Clean 15 Avocado AVOCADO

The Clean 15 Corn CORN

The Clean 15 Pinapple PINEAPPLE

The Clean 15 Cabbage CABBAGE

The Clean 15 Sweet Peas SWEET PEAS (FROZEN)

The Clean 15 Onions ONIONS

The Clean 15 Mango MANGO

The Clean 15 Asparagus ASPARAGUS 

The Clean 15 papaya ROCKMELON

The Clean 15 Kiwifruit KIWIFRUIT

The Clean 15 Eggplant EGGPLANT

The Clean 15 Grapefruit GRAPEFRUIT

The Clean 15 Rockmelon ROCKMELON

The Clean 15 Cauliflower CAULIFLOWER

The Clean 15 Sweet Potato SWEET POTATO


 Hope this helps. It's a great way to detox without retoxing!


Alistair Schuback
Alistair Schuback