The "Dirty" Dozen & The "Clean" Fifteen

Food for thought: organic or not organic, that is the question.

When should you as a consumer anti up and splurge on organic foods?  Well, according to a list published by Environmental Working Group, the 'dirty dozen and clean fifteen' categorize those fruits and vegetables which are the most and least pesticide contaminated.  source:

Obviously fruits and vegetables are essential in maintaining a healthy diet, however this list gives you something to ponder next time you are in the produce section of your supermarket.


The "Dirty Dozen Plus"
1. Apples
2. Celery
3. Cherry tomatoes
4. Cucumbers
5. Grapes
6. Hot peppers
7. Imported nectarines
8. Peaches
9. Potatoes
10. Spinach
11. Strawberries
12. Sweet bell peppers
+ Kale and collard greens
+ Summer squash

The "Clean 15"
1. Asparagus
2. Avocados
3. Cabbage
4. Cantaloupe
5. Sweet corn
6. Eggplant
7. Grapefruit
8. Kiwi
9. Mangos
10. Mushrooms
11. Onions
12. Papayas
13. Pineapples
14. Frozen sweet peas
15. Sweet potatoes


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