The “Dirty Dozen Plus” And The “Clean Fifteen” Guides To Produce

The “Dirty Dozen Plus” And The “Clean Fifteen” Guides To Produce

Most people who are concerned about pesticides and chemicals in their fruits and vegetables are aware of the “dirty dozen” fruits and vegetables that have the highest pesticide and chemical residue on them. The premise of this list is if you’re going to eat anything organic, these are the 12 things (there have been additions to the list so it’s now called the “dirty dozen plus”) you should spend a little extra money on because of the higher levels of pesticides used to grow them. The 2015 Environmental Working Group “dirty” list includes:

  • Apples

  • Peaches

  • Nectarines

  • Strawberries

  • Grapes

  • Celery

  • Spinach

  • Sweet Bell Peppers

  • Cucumbers

  • Cherry Tomatoes

  • Imported Snap Peas

  • Potatoes

  • Hot Peppers

  • Kale/Collard Greens

The “clean fifteen” is the opposite list. These are the 15 non-organic fruits and vegetables that have the lowest pesticide residues. The 2105 “Clean Fifteen” list includes:

  • Avocados

  • Sweet Corn

  • Pineapples

  • Cabbage

  • Sweet Peas (frozen)

  • Onions Asparagus

  • Mangos

  • Papayas

  • Kiwi

  • Eggplant

  • Grapefruit

  • Cantaloupe

  • Cauliflower

  • Sweet Potatoes

Paying attention to these two lists is a good basic way to ensure that you’re maximizing quality without the added pesticide load and burden to your health when it comes to the produce you and your family consume.


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