The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15

I recently learned about the Clean 15 and Dirty 30 from my Naturopath, and I felt compelled to share with you!

So I am sure we are all aware that our produce has at one point been exposed to pesticides, but there is produce that get more than a little pesticide exposure than others. In 2004, a non-profit organization called Environmental Working Group (EWG) started to rank 47 different fruits and vegetables for pesticide contamination. Now the fruit and vegetables that the EWG tests have been washed and are ready to be consumed. Based on their findings, they started to make a guide called 'Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce' aka the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15. 

Each year the EWG updates the guide with a new rank of contaminated produce and the produce with the least amount of contamination. Now what's important about the list is that it basically tells you the produce you should buy organic, and the produce that is okay to consume non-organic. Below I have listed EWG's 2018 Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 list. 


The Dirty Dozen 

1. Strawberries 

2. Spinach 

3. Nectarines 

4. Apples

5. Grapes 

6. Peaches 

7. Cherries 

8. Pears 

9. Tomatoes 

10. Celery 

11. Potatoes 

12. Sweet Bell Peppers 


The Clean 15 

1. Avocados 

2. Sweet Corn 

3. Pineapples 

4. Cabbage 

5. Onions 

6. Sweet Frozen Peas 

7. Papayas 

8. Asparagus 

9. Mangoes 

10. Eggplants 

11. Honeydew Melons 

12. Kiwis 

13. Cantaloupes

14. Cauliflower 

15. Broccoli 





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