Dear Joyous Readers, The Environmental Working Group has just released the updated “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen™” for 2014. You can download the poster below or watch the video.
What is the Dirty Dozen?
List of fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticides detected relative to other produce tested. They include:
Apples, strawberries, grapes, celery, peaches, spinach, sweet bell peppers, imported nectarines, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas and potatoes.Of special note, according to EWG:
- Every sample of imported nectarines and 99 percent of apple samples tested positive for at least one pesticide residue.
- The average potato had more pesticides by weight than any other food.
- A single grape sample contained 15 pesticides. Single samples of celery, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas and strawberries showed 13 different pesticides apiece.
What is the Clean Fifteen™?
List of 15 fruits and vegetables that have the lowest level of detectable pesticides. They include:
Avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, cabbage, frozen sweet peas, onions, asparagus, mangoes, papayas, kiwis, eggplant, grapefruit, cantaloupe, cauliflower and sweet potatoes.Notable findings from EWG:
- Avocados were the cleanest: only 1 percent of avocado samples showed any detectable pesticides.
- Some 89 percent of pineapples, 82 percent of kiwi, 80 percent of papayas, 88 percent of mango and 61 percent of cantaloupe had no residues.
- No single fruit sample from the Clean Fifteen™ tested positive for more than 4 types of pesticides.
- Detecting multiple pesticide residues is extremely rare on Clean Fifteen™ vegetables. Only 5.5 percent of Clean Fifteen samples had two or more pesticides.
Be sure to print off the poster below and keep it in your bag for when you are grocery shopping.
I encourage you to buy non-GMO foods as well. GMO foods are strictly prohibited in order for it to be certified organic or you can look for the “Non-GMO Project Verified” label on products as well. Learn from from EWG here.