Thursday, June 9, 2016

The "Dirty Dozen" and the "Clean 15"

Environmental Working Group comes up with a list each year for the produce found with the highest amount of pesticides and toxins, urging people to buy only organic versions of these items to avoid ingesting such toxins.

The list for 2016 is:

Strawberries
Apples
Nectarines
Peaches
Celery
Grapes
Cherries
Spinach
Tomatoes
Sweet Bell Peppers
Cherry Tomatoes
Cucumbers
Hot Peppers
Kale/Collard Greens

The "Clean 15" is a list of produce least likely to hold pesticide residues; in theory, unless you're trying to avoid GMOs as well, if you need to save money you could buy non-organic with these products:

Avocados
Sweet Corn (GMO)
Pineapples (often GMO)
Cabbage
Frozen Sweet Peas
Onions
Asparagus
Mangoes
Papayas (often GMO)
Kiwis
Eggplant
Honeydew Melon
Grapefruit
Cantaloupe
Cauliflower