2010 Dirty Dozen & Clean 15

For those who are concerned about herbicides and pesticides in their fruits and veggies, I would print out this list and carry it with you for whenever you go grocery shopping. I know buying organic isn’t cheap but if you at least make an effort to buy the veggies and fruits with the highest chemical load organic, you can reduce your exposure to harmful toxins by as much as 80 percent. The Clean 15 list are veggies and fruits least affected by chemicals due to their thick skin so if you are on a tight budget, stick to this list.

The Environmental Working Group has been publishing guides on the dirtiest and cleanest food since 1995. They test non-organic produce after being pressure washed and the Dirty Dozen list tested positive for at least 47 different chemicals, with some testing positive for as many as 67 and it wasnt just the skin of the produce, it tested all the way down to the seed. Gross!

The Dirty Dozen:

  1. Celery
  2. Peaches
  3. Strawberries
  4. Apples
  5. Domestic blueberries
  6. Nectarines
  7. Sweet bell peppers
  8. Spinach
  9. Kale
  10. Cherries
  11. Potatoes
  12. Grapes (Imported)

Clean 15

  1. Onion
  2. Avocado
  3. Sweet corn
  4. Pineapple
  5. Mango
  6. Sweet peas
  7. Asparagus
  8. Kiwi
  9. Cabbage
  10. Eggplant
  11. Cantaloupe
  12. Watermelon
  13. Grapefruit
  14. Sweet potato
  15. Honeydew melon

For a downloadable version of EWG’s 2010 Shopper’s Guide click here.


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