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:
12. sweet bell peppers
And here's 2018's Clean 15:
2. sweet corn
6. sweet peas (frozen)
11. honeydew melons
- 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!!!