2019 Dirty Dozen, Clean Fifteen Report

If you’re still on the edge wondering if you should choose organic, now is the time to do it! As farming industries get more polluted and compromised it’s crucial that as a consumer, you take necessary steps to ensure our food stays clean and free of toxic pesticides. Before I became a parent, I didn’t work as hard in making sure that I buy as much organic food as possible. Organic products were quite expensive years ago, but as people start to realize the health and environmental benefits of organic products, prices have become more competitive and organic food is easier to find. Now, I read every label, every ingredients list, and buy as much organic and locally produced products as possible. That old saying of you are what you eat? Well, that pretty much holds true when it comes to our bodies and our health.

Each year, The Environmental Working Group (https://www.ewg.org/) analyzes and collects scientific data on the dirtiest produce in the US. Some of the produce listed are things that I buy regularly for my family. If you compare last year’s with this year’s, you’ll notice that not much has changed, and that’s a sad fact considering we are supposed to make our food industry better and healthier. But if we all do our part – whether big or small – we can help change the farming industry and how food is grown and treated. See below for the Dirty Dozen, Clean Fifteen list by EWG (https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/full-list.php)

EWG 2019 Dirty Dozen list (in order of most pesticide residue found):

1 – STRAWBERRIES

2- SPINACH

3- KALE

4- NECTARINE

5- APPLES

6- GRAPES

7- PEACHES

8- CHERRIES

9- PEARS

10- TOMATOES

11- CELERY

12- POTATOES

EWG 2019 Clean Fifteen (in order of least pesticide residue found):

1- AVOCADO

2- SWEET CORN

3- PINEAPPLE

4- SWEET PEAS FROZEN

5- ONION

6- PAPAYA

7- EGGPLANT

8- ASPARAGUS

9- KIWI

10- CABBAGE

11- CAULIFLOWER

12- CANTALOUPE

13- BROCCOLI

14- MUSHROOMS

15- HONEYDEW MELON

* For a printable guide, click on this PDF format:

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2018 – The Dirty Dozen

 

Each year the EWG (Environmental Working Group) conducts research on the cleanest produce to the ones that contain the most pesticide residue. Aptly named, “Clean Fifteen, Dirty Dozen”, EWG tests these produce using independent test groups to determine the toxicity on these main types of vegetables and fruits. Fruits and vegetables such as strawberries and mushroom were all strictly tested to ensure their validity and safety.

This year on the top of the “dirtiest” fruit list is strawberry and it’s no surprise considering that these delicious fruits are grown closest to the soil and are extremely delicate. The EWG found 22 different pesticide residue during their testing with one-third of all conventional strawberry samples containing 10 or more pesticides. Consider that these are a favorite fruit for children, think about the toxins that end up in their precious bodies. That’s why whenever possible, grow your own food and buy organic.

While some may argue that it’s not always feasible to buy organic food or grow your own, take a look at this list before you go shopping. Some fruits and vegetables contain so much toxic pesticides that it’s just not worth it to buy conventional. In the long run, eating organic ensures a healthier mind and body as well as helping the environment. If you buy a particular fruit or vegetable that are on the top Dirty Dozen list then consider switching to organic and buying conventional for the cleaner produce.

 

Below is a breakdown of the Dirty Dozen, Clean Fifteen but you can also access the complete list on EWG’s website: https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/dirty-dozen.php

Dirty Dozen (in order of most contaminated):

STRAWBERRIES

SPINACH

NECTARINES

APPLES

GRAPES

PEACHES

CHERRIES

PEARS

TOMATOES

CELERY

POTATOES

SWEET BELL PEPPERS

Clean Fifteen:

AVOCADOS

SWEET CORN

PINEAPPLE

CABBAGE

ONIONS

SWEET PEAS

PAPAYA

ASPARAGUS

MANGO

EGGPLANT

HONEYDEW

KIWIS

CANTALOUPE

CAULIFLOWER

BROCCOLI

 

Disclaimer: The product(s)were sent to the author for review by the manufacturer/PR. All reviews on “Happymomblogger” remain unbiased and unpaid and are the sole decision of the author. The opinions of these product(s) were not influenced in any way, shape, or form. As always, please read the ingredients carefully when trying new products.

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The Dirty Dozen; The Clean 15 – 12 Most Contaminated Foods

So you’re probably wondering why you should be eating organic food as much as possible. There are numerous reasons, but the most apparent reason would be to limit the amount of toxic pesticides residing in your body. Based on the study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) along with the USDA and USFDA, scientists has proven that small doses of pesticides and other chemicals can cause lasting damage to human health, especially during fetal development and early childhood.

But we are all aware that organic food can get quite costly – especially if you’re only buying organic food. So here’s an updated list of the 12 most contaminated foods that you SHOULD buy organic and 15 of the least contaminated foods that you can worry less about needing to buy them organically.

BUY THESE ORGANIC:

1- CELERY   (THE WORST)                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

2- PEACHES   (THE WORST)

3- STRAWBERRIES   (THE WORST)

4- APPLES

5- BLUEBERRIES

6- NECTARINES

7- BELL PEPPERS

8- SPINACH

9 – CHERRIES

10 – KALE/COLLARD GREENS

11- POTATOES

12 – GRAPES (IMPORTED)

LOWEST IN PESTICIDES:

1- ONIONS   (BEST)

2- AVOCADOS   (BEST)

3 – SWEET CORN   (BEST)

4- PINAPPLE

5- MANGOES

6- SWEET PEAS

7- ASPARAGUS

8- KIWI

9- CABBAGE

10- EGGPLANT

11- CANTALOUPE

12- WATERMELON

13- GRAPEFRUIT

14- SWEET POTATO

15- HONEYDEW MELON

So when you’re planning your next grocery shopping trip, print out this list and bring it with you. If you eat any of the 12 most contaminated food on a regular basis (more than 5 servings a day), then it’s best to buy them organically. Make sure that they are labeled as USDA Organic to ensure their quality and authenticity. Since organic produce has no chemical pesticides on them it’s not necessary to peel the skin since you’ll want the added benefit of the valuable nutrients but it’s best to give them a wash in the sink anyway since they were most likely handled by other grocery shoppers.

Since I’ve discovered this helpful list a few years ago, I keep a note of it whenever I purchase fruits and vegetables. Another good reminder when you’re shopping for fresh produce is that the thinner the skins are on these fruits and vegetables, the more likely pesticides and chemicals will seep inside – so no amount of washing and peeling can rid them of  those dangerous chemicals.

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