The “Dirty Dozen” of Produce

26 Jul

Did you know there is a ‘Dirty Dozen’ of Produce? The ‘Dirty Dozen’ is a list of fruits and vegetables that are recommended to buy organic based on how pesticides get absorbed.

The ‘Dirty Dozen’ list is put out by the  by the Environmental Working Group. Their 2010 EWG Shopping Guide on foodnews.org can be downloaded. You can print it out on a card a stick it on your fridge or your wallet so you have a quick reference when buying groceries so you know where to spend your money when buying organic.

These are the top 10 items to buy organic:
Celery
Peaches
Strawberries
Apples
Blueberries
Nectarines
Bell Peppers
Spinach
Kale
Cherries
Potatoes
Grapes (Imported)

And they also have a list of the clean 15 fruits and veggies. These aren’t as crucial to buy organic because even if sprayed with pesticides do not get absorbed as much.
Onions
Avocado
Sweet Corn
Pineapple
Mangoes
Sweet Peas
Asparagus
Kiwi
Cabbage
Eggplant
Cantaloupe
Watermelon
Grapefruit
Sweet Potato
Honeydew
Melon

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