Bellevue Nutrition | Shoppers’ Guide to Pesticides in Produce

Courtesy of the eco-minded nonprofit, EWG, or Environmental Working Group, comes this years’ update to the popular Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists. According to their analysis of data, the foods listed below tend to have the highest concentration of pesticides, or the greatest number of pesticides. Dirty dozen, as the name suggests, has the highest amount of pesticide residue. Clean 15 has the lowest amount of pesticide residue.

Since we sometimes choose to purchase non-organic over organic, whether due to cost or appearance (at times the organic broccoli looks like it should head straight for the compost pile!), the lists below can be an invaluable aid when in the produce aisle. Bear in mind EWG was testing only non-organic produce for the lists below.

    Dirty Dozen
  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Nectarines
  • Apple
  • Grapes
  • Peaches
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Tomatoes
  • Celery
  • Potatoes
    Clean 15
  • Avocado
  • Sweet Corn
  • Pineapple
  • Frozen Peas
  • Onions
  • Papaya
  • Eggplant
  • Asparagus
  • Kiwi
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Cantaloupe
  • Broccoli
  • Mushrooms
  • Honeydew Melons

 

 

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