Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteeen

You have heard of the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen, right? They are the 12 foods that tested as having the highest pesticide residue the previous year, and the 15 foods that had the least. The lists are created by the Environmental Working Group to help shoppers make healthy and cost-effective decisions, as everyone can’t afford to buy everything organic.

Do you know which fruits and veggies had the most pesticide residue in 2012? Do you know which to buy organic and which to save money on? Well, now you do. Here’s the 2013 list:

DIRTY DOZEN – Buy These Organic
Apples
Celery
Cherry Tomatoes
Cucumbers
Grapes
Hot Peppers
Nectarines – imported
Peaches
Potatoes
Spinach
Strawberries
Sweet Bell Peppers

And a Plus list was added to include Kale, Collard Greens, and Summer Squash, as the pesticide found on those was withdrawn from agriculture, but seems to still be present on some crops.

CLEAN FIFTEEN – Lowest in Pesticides
Asparagus
Avocados
Cabbage
Cantaloupe
Sweet Corn
Eggplant
Grapefruit
Kiwi
Mangos
Mushrooms
Onions
Papayas
Pineapples
Sweet Peas – frozen
Sweet Potatoes

And if organic isn’t an option? Buy local (usually has few pesticides), scrub with a natural bristle brush, or peel (apples, potatoes, cukes) to remove the skin that is most affected by pesticide spraying and is often coated with a petroleum-based wax. Just make the best choices you can, when you can. Staying healthy is a lifetime journey…

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