Dirty Dozen And Clean Fifteen

If you want to start buying organic food but are a little overwhelmed, start here. The Environmental Working Group independently tests fruits and vegetables to find the ones that have the highest amount of pesticide residue. As I mention in a previous post on why you should eat organic food, pesticides are dangerous; they cause cancer and other problems. Each year they put out a list of the top 12. While I suggest buying as much of your food organic as you can, these are the most important.

Dirty Dozen

1. Apples

2. Celery

3. Sweet bell peppers

4. Peaches

5. Strawberries

6. Imported nectarines

7. Grapes

8. Spinach

9. Lettuce

10. Cucumbers

11. Domestic blueberries

12. Potatoes

New Category: Dirty dozen plus.

While these foods don’t contain the most pesticides, they often have organophosphate based pesticides, which are nuerotoxins. ¬†They should also be avoided.

Kale/Collards and Green Beans

The group also lists the fruit and veggies with the least amount of pesticide residue. These are commonly referred to as the clean 15. If you just can’t find organic versions of these, or you haven’t found a way yet to cushion the blow to your pocket book, then these are what you could buy conventionally grown and not worry about as much. A little poison is never a good thing, but we all have to start somewhere.

Clean 15

1. Onions

2. Sweet corn

3. Pineapples

4. Avocado

5. Cabbage

6. Sweet peas

7. Asparagus

8. Mangoes

9. Eggplant

10. Kiwi

11. Domestic cantaloupe

12. Sweet potatoes

13. Grapefruit

14. Watermelon

15. Mushrooms

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