The problem with pesticidesas this post explains – is that they are toxins, which can cause health related issues in our bodies.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) who is always on pesticide patrol has released their latest annual ratings for conventional produce, and they’ve neatly broken it down into two groups. The Shopper’s Guide To Pesticide Produce includes The Dirty Dozen Plus, which consists of produce that contains high amounts of pesticide residues  and The Clean Fifteen, which as the name suggests is usually cleaner and contains far less pesticide residues. The list is not meant to scare you away from purchasing your favorite produce. Rather, it’s a powerful tool that arms you with the knowledge to make prudent and conscientious choices when shopping for  produce. The old adage, knowledge is power certainly applies here. You’ve got the power. Use it.

Here is a list of the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen. You’ll be surprised to learn that some of your favorite fruits and vegetables are not as clean as you’d like them to be. Lesson? When purchasing The Dirty Dozen Plus, always buy organic.


The Clean Fifteen:

♦ Asparagus
♦ Avocados
♦ Cabbage
♦ Cantaloupe (domestic)
♦ Cauliflower
♦ Eggplant
♦ Grapefruit
♦ Kiwi
♦ Mangoes
♦ Onions
♦ Papayas
♦ Pineapples
♦ Sweet Corn
♦ Sweet Peas (Frozen)
♦ Sweet Potato


The Dirty Dozen Plus

♦ Apples
♦ Celery
♦ Cherry Tomatoes
♦ Cucumbers
♦ Grapes
♦ Nectarines (imported)
♦ Peaches
♦ Potatoes
♦ Snap Peas (imported)
♦ Spinach
♦ Strawberries
♦ Sweet Bell Peppers


♦ Hot Peppers**
♦ Blueberries**

**Considered to be highly toxic


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