Clean Fifteen™ and Dirty Dozen Plus™ Lists of Fruits and Veggies

By Sandy Todd Webster
Nov 1, 2012

The 8th edition of Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ was released recently with updated information on 45 popular fruits and vegetables and their total pesticide loads. EWG highlighted the worst offenders with its new Dirty Dozen Plus list and recognized the cleanest conventional produce with its list of the Clean Fifteen.

Which of these do you regularly put in your shopping cart? It may be time to reassess your organic and nonorganic choices.

Dirty Dozen Plus
apples
celery
sweet bell peppers
peaches
strawberries
nectarines, imported
grapes
spinach
lettuce
cucumbers
blueberries, domestic
potatoes
Plus
green beans+
kale/collard greens+

Clean Fifteen
onions
sweet corn*
pineapples
avocado
cabbage
sweet peas
asparagus
mangos
eggplant
kiwi
cantaloupe, domestic
sweet potatoes
grapefruit
watermelon
mushrooms

+may contain highly toxic organophosphate pesticide residues

*Commodity crop corn used for animal feed and biofuels is almost all produced with genetically modified (GMO) seeds, as is some sweet corn sold for human consumption. Since GMO sweet corn is not labeled as such in U.S. stores, EWG advises those who have concerns about GMOs to buy organic sweet corn.

Learn more at www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary/.

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Sandy Todd Webster

Sandy Todd Webster is the editor in chief of IDEA’s award-winning publications. She is Precision Nutrition Level 1 certified and is a Rouxbe Certified Plant-Based Professional cook.

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