Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen (Updated 2020)

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The Environmental Working Group is known to be responsible by creating the list of the most contaminated produce with pesticide residue. Knowing what is on the list each year is helpful to shoppers who seek fruits and vegetables and are unsure about their choices and their exposure to dangerous pesticides.

Every year the EWG does the analysis of products by testing for the residue of pesticides. With the information, they then create a list and share that information to help educate shoppers on food science and ways to make better selections while shopping.

There are 2 lists

  1. The Dirty Dozen
  2. The Clean Fifteen

Food found on the Dirty Dozen list is heavy on the pesticides so consumers should buy organic when you can. The Clean Fifteen have a minimal amount of pesticide residue which is great news.

Dirty Dozen 

Remember it is better and healthy to purchase Organic

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale
  4. Nectarines
  5. Apples
  6. Grapes
  7. Peaches
  8. Cherries
  9. Pears
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Celery
  12. Potatoes

Clean Fifteen

This is the cleaner of the lists.

  1. Avocado
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Onions
  5. Papayas
  6. Frozen Sweet Peas
  7. Eggplants
  8. Asparagus
  9. Cauliflower
  10. Cantaloupes
  11. Broccoli
  12. Mushrooms
  13. Cabbage
  14. Honey Dew Melons
  15. Kiwis

Keep this list handy and watch for a new list every April from EWG!

The choices are up to you!

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