Dirty dozen & clean fifteen
It’s no secret that the produce we buy from our local grocery store is usually sprayed with a ridiculous amount of pesticides. It’s not always feasible to buy ALL organic. So what can you do to avoid consuming some of these toxins? Do what you can. Avoid the fruits and vegetables that have the highest amounts of pesticides. Use this Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen chart as a reference the next time you go shopping.
Each year the environmental Working Group puts out the Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce. EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce calculates that USDA tests found a total 165 different pesticides on thousands of fruit and vegetables samples examined in 2013.
Pesticides persisted on fruits and vegetables tested by USDA, even when they were washed and, in some cases, peeled.
Highlights of Dirty Dozen™ 2015 EWG singles out produce with the highest pesticide loads for its Dirty Dozen™ list. This year, it is comprised of apples, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, grapes, celery, spinach, sweet bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas and potatoes.
Each of these foods tested positive in a number of different pesticide residues and showed higher concentrations of pesticides than other produce items.
The Clean Fifteen™EWG's Clean Fifteen™ list of produce least likely to hold pesticide residues consists of avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, cabbage, frozen sweet peas, onions, asparagus, mangoes, papayas, kiwis, eggplant, grapefruit, cantaloupe, cauliflower and sweet potatoes. Relatively few pesticides were detected on these foods, and tests found low total concentrations of pesticides on them.
Visit EWG.org to read the full report summary.