Updated: Jun 4
Do you know what fruits and veggies to choose organic, and which ones you can buy conventional?
Each year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) publishes a list of fruits and vegetables that have high levels of pesticide residue—these are called the Dirty Dozen. Another list is produced to show the produce with the least amount of pesticides—this is called the Clean 15. The lists are based on lab testing done by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). The results are published in an easy-to-read format so consumers can make informed decisions about what produce to buy organic versus conventional. This is useful information for shoppers on a budget! If you simply don't have enough cash to buy everything organic, use this guide as a reference point and focus primarily on purchasing organic versions of foods from the Dirty Dozen list.
Want to eat healthy and save money on groceries? Check out the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 Lists below before you buy produce.
What's on the Dirty Dozen List?
Here's the complete list of the Dirty Dozen:
Kale, and collard and mustard greens
Bell and hot peppers
What's on the Clean 15 list?
The Clean 15 list includes the following:
Sweet peas (frozen)
Are there benefits to eating more fruits and vegetables?
Yes, there are many benefits to eating fruits and vegetables. The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure. To reduce your pesticide consumption while still eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, wash or peel all produce before eating and buy organic if possible.
Environmental Working Group: "Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce."
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