Published on September 25, 2018
THE DIRTY DOZEN AND THE CLEAN FIFTEEN
Every year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) tests a variety of produce to analyze the fruits and vegetables that have the highest load of pesticide residues.
About 98% of the conventional samples of strawberries, spinach, peaches, nectarines, cherries, and apples tested positive for at least one pesticide residue. The spinach samples that were tested had 1.8 times as much pesticide residue by weight than any other crop!
The EWG recommends (when possible) to buy organic produce listed under the Dirty Dozen. Buying organic helps to reduce your exposure to pesticides while also supporting environmentally friendly farming practices.
The EWG recognizes buying all organic groceries is not accessible nor affordable for everyone, therefore the Clean Fifteen list was created. The Clean Fifteen are conventional fruits and vegetables that have been tested to contain the least amount of pesticide residue.
TIP: Keep in mind that fruits and vegetables should always be the main focus of your diet, no matter what “list” they fall under. The health benefits of consuming a diet rich in fruits and vegetables are far more important than choosing not to eat conventional produce.