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What are the Dirty Dozen for 2014?

smoothie (1 of 5) Every year the Environmental Working Group puts out the results of their testing, naming 12 fruits and veggies dirty and 15 labeled clean.  The Dirty Dozen are those labeled as such for coming out on the top of the list for most amount of pesticides when tested.

The Dirty Dozen are the fruits and veggies that you should most surely buy organic! 

The Clean 15 came out on the bottom of the list with the least amount of pesticides and herbicides.  If you aren’t able to afford to buy all your foods or don’t have the option of finding all foods organic, these are the ones you could buy non-organic. So here are the lists The Dirty Dozen Plus (in order of most pesticides to least)

  1. Apples
  2. Strawberries
  3. Grapes
  4. Celery
  5. Peaches
  6. Spinach
  7. Sweet bell peppers
  8. Nectarines (imported)
  9. Cucumbers
  10. Cherry tomatoes
  11. Snap peas (imported)
  12. Potatoes

The “Plus“-They didn’t make the top 12 list but those that eat high amounts of them should choose organic.

  1. Hot Peppers
  2. Leafy Greens (Kale, Lettuce, Collard Greens, Etc)

Blueberries (domestic) were #14 on the list and due to the high amount of them our family eats, we choose organic. The Clean 15 (in order of least pesticides to most)

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Sweet peas (frozen)
  6. Onions
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangoes
  9. Papayas
  10. Kiwi
  11. Eggplant
  12. Grapefruit
  13. Cantaloupe (domestic)
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Sweet potatoes

If you’ve never taken a look at EWG’s website, it is definitely worth it.  They rank all kinds of products based upon toxicity and health.  Definitely worth knowing what we put in our bodies and on our bodies.

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