[Infographic] The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen

Nutrition / March 2, 2015

I’m guilty!

I must confess that I don’t always wait to rinse my fruits or veggies before I sneak a bite or two. I’m guessing that you don’t always either, so we can keep it our little secret!

But after reading the Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides released by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), you may want to think twice before sneaking that bite.

Every year the EWG names the list of the fruits and veggies that have the most pesticides, and which ones have the fewest.

Their mission is to make it easier for you to decide what foods are worth spending extra for when it comes to organic produce.

It’s best to buy organic produce whenever possible, but sometimes you might not always have the choice even if you wanted to. (Depending on the time of year or where you live).

Dirty Dozen, 2015

The Dirty Dozen

  1. Apples   *The chemicals used before and after harvesting makes apples the number one dirtiest fruit or veggie – for the 5th year in a row!
  2. Peaches
  3. Nectarines
  4. Strawberries
  5. Grapes
  6. Celery
  7. Spinach
  8. Sweet Bell Peppers
  9. Cucumbers
  10. Cherry Tomatoes
  11. Imported Snap Peas
  12. Potatoes

Each of the dozen fruits and veggies on this ‘dirty dozen’ list tested positive for a number of different pesticide residues and showed the highest concentration of pesticides.

The EWG also extended the list and came out with the “Dirty Dozen Plus” which includes hot peppers and kale/collard greens.

The Clean Fifteen

  1. Avocados *For the second year in a row, avocados top the “clean” list, where only 1% of the avocados sampled showed detectable pesticides.
  2. Sweet Corn (choose non-gmo)
  3. Pineapple
  4. Cabbage
  5. Sweet peas (frozen)
  6. Onions
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangos
  9. Papaya
  10. Kiwi
  11. Eggplant
  12. Grapefruit
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Sweet Potatoes

In addition to the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” lists, the EWG also has a great app that might come in handy when you’re out and about looking for your produce. It’s called the Food Scores Mobile App and you can look up and compare foods while you’re in store.







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