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The Dirty Dozen & The Clean Fifteen - 2018

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Every year an American non-profit organization called the Environmental Working Group releases two lists that measure pesticide residue in fruits and vegetables.

The Dirty Dozen have the most pesticides while the Clean 15 have the least. And for the 3rd year in a row, strawberries have the dubious distinction of leading the dirty list with 22 pesticide residues detected.

Here's 2018's 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

And here's 2018's Clean 15:

1. avocados
2. sweet corn
3. pineapple
4. cabbages
5. onions
6. sweet peas (frozen)
7. papayas
8. asparagas
9. mangoes
10. eggplants
11. honeydew melons
12. kiwis
13. cantaloupes
14. cauliflower
15. broccoli

Please Note:
- A small amount of sweet corn, papaya and summer squash sold in the United States is produced from GMO seedstock. Buy organic varieties of these crops if you want to avoid GMO produce.
- Nearly 70% of conventionally grown --- non-organic --- produce samples had some residue. But experts agree it’s better to eat those than to skip fresh produce altogether.
- Growing your own produce is the absolute best way to eat fresh and to have full control over what does or doesn't go on your food.
- Remember - whether conventional or organic, fresh fruits and vegetables are a key component of a healthy diet!

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Good food choices are good investments!!!

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