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):
SWEET BELL PEPPERS
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