How dirty is yours?!

One of my main missions is to ensure that people realise that during a vulnerable time (conception, pregnancy and early years) it is all the more important to keep your body in balance and not to let anything get in the way of it doing its job. Out of balance = potential problems.

One of the biggest lessons I learnt is how effective heavy pesticide exposure is at knocking this off course, particularly when it comes to your hormonal balance and the very early development of a baby (click here to be reminded more on this).

However: people worry that this is too expensive and difficult to avoid.


Another of my missions is to prove to people that this doesn’t need to be insanely expensive. Of course we all want to buy all organic food, but the cost and availability sometimes mean that isn’t possible.

Never fear!

Not only do we have our heroic friend Activated Charcoal - the epic remover of toxins (click here for a reminder how and what this is) but we also have another resource that means that everyone can do this: the ‘Dirty Dozen’ and ‘Clean Fifteen’.

What is this?

It is an excellent resource provided by the Environmental Working Group ( which tells you what are the fruits and vegetables generally most contaminated with pesticide and which are the least. So - you can focus on saving your bullets for the ‘dirtier’ and can feel more relaxed for the ‘clean’.

Its well worth a look at the site for more info - but here is the list

Dirty Dozen: (according to for 2018)

  • Strawberries

  • Spinach

  • Nectarines

  • Apples

  • Grapes

  • Peaches

  • Cherries

  • Pears

  • Tomatoes

  • Celery

  • Potatoes

  • Sweet Bell Peppers

Clean Fifteen:

  • Avocados

  • Sweetcorn

  • Pineapples

  • Cabbages

  • Onions

  • Sweet Peas frozen

  • Papaya

  • Asparagus

  • Mangoes

  • Aubergiene

  • Honeydew Melon

  • Kiwi

  • Cantaloupe Melon

  • Cauliflower

  • Broccoli

Now - of course there will be geographic variance here and this is a generalised list - so do bear that in mind. For me it is a great reference point though and the website itself is excellent so check it out.


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Sarah Heywood