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18/07/2013 10:31 BST | Updated 16/09/2013 06:12 BST

When Organic Is a Must - The Dirty Dozen

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One of the biggest things I go on about in my clinic is getting clients to eat more fruit and vegetables. And I always recommend organic. Unfortunately our intensively farmed, pesticide treated soils aren't what they used to be. Fruit and veg no longer contains the levels of the oh so important vitamins and minerals that we need to keep our bodies doing their thing and this is contributing to the increase in illness and disease that we are experiencing.

I also hear its not always possible to eat a 100% organic lifestyle and so I read with interest the study by Americas Environmental Working Group (EWG) who buy a load of fruit and veg each year and analyse the pesticide content so identify the good, the bad and the ugly.

Introducing the 'Dirty Dozen' and the 'Clean Fifteen'. A guide to when you have to buy organic and when its okay not to.

The Dirty Dozen

Apples

Sweet Bell Peppers

Strawberries

Spinach

Potatoes

Peaches

Nectarines

Chillis

Grapes

Cucumbers

Cherry Tomatoes

Celery

The Clean Fifteen

Asparagus

Sweet Potatos

Avocados

Sweet Peas

Pineapple

Papaya

Onions

Mushrooms

Mango

Kiwi

Grapefruit

Aubergine

Sweetcorn

Melon

Cabbage