Fresh Produce: The "Dirty Dozen" And "Clean Fifteen" List

The "Dirty Dozen" And "Clean Fifteen" Produce List Revealed

  • The Environmental Working Group has come out with their annual report of the produce with the most and least pesticide residue
  • The Dirty Dozen, those with the highest amount, include strawberries, spinach and nectarines
  • The Clean Fifteen, those with the least amount, include avocados, corn and pineapples

It’s no secret that fruits and vegetables are good for us, but unless you buy everything organic, there’s a good chance you are ingesting some nasty pesticides with all those healthy foods. Well, it turns out some fruits and veggies are exposed to more harmful pesticides than others and a new report reveals which ones to watch out for, and which are totally okay.

The Environmental Working Group has come out with their annual list of the "Dirty Dozen," 12 produce items with the highest amounts of pesticide residue, as well as the "Clean Fifteen," items to have the lowest amount, and you may be surprised by the findings. 

Overall, the report reveals that more than 230 pesticides were found across 70 percent of conventionally grown fruits and vegetables, with strawberries and spinach among the worst produce for pesticide residue, while avocados and corn are the best, which seems to make sense since avocados have a skin you don’t eat, and corn has an inedible outer husk. 

Dirty Dozen

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectarines
  4. Apples
  5. Grapes
  6. Peaches
  7. Cherries
  8. Pears
  9. Tomatoes
  10. Celery
  11. Potatoes
  12. Sweet Bell Peppers

Clean Fifteen

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Onions
  6. Frozen Sweet Peas
  7. Papayas
  8. Asparagus
  9. Mangos
  10. Eggplants
  11. Honeydews
  12. Kiwis
  13. Cantaloupes
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Broccoli 

Source: The Daily Mail

 
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