Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen Produce Lists – FREE Shopper’s Guide To Pesticides iPhone App and Printable Lists

Did you ever wonder which fruits and vegetables absorb pesticides more readily than others? I know that buying organic fruits and veggies are best, but they aren’t always available in our area and they can be significantly more expensive. That’s why I’m so excited to have a great resource that maintains an up to date listing of the most and least contaminated produce. Referencing this list while shopping will allow me to make smarter decisions when purchasing produce and get the most out of our grocery budget.

Here are the current lists compiled by the Environmental Working Group (EWG):

The Dirty Dozen (Most Contaminated Fruits and Veggies) – Buy These Organic
1 Celery
2 Peaches
3 Strawberries
4 Apples
5 Blueberries
6 Nectarines
7 Bell Peppers
8 Spinach
9 Cherries
10 Kale / Collard Greens
11 Potatoes
12 Grapes (Imported)

The Clean Fifteen (Least Contaminated Fruits and Veggies) – Lowest in Pesticides
EWG's Shopper's Guide To Pesticides - FREE Printable and FREE iPhone App
1 Onions
2 Avocado
3 Sweet Corn
4 Pineapple
5 Mangos
6 Sweet Peas
7 Asparagus
8 Kiwi
9 Cabbage
10 Eggplant
11 Cantaloupe
12 Watermelon
13 Grapefruit
14 Sweet Potato
15 Honeydew Melon

I especially love that Environmental Working Group provides a FREE Shopper’s Guide To Pesticides iPhone App containing the up to date lists and a FREE printable wallet size Shopper’s Guide To Pesticides list if you prefer.

For a Full List of the most contaminated and least contaminated produce, visit foodnews.org.

UPDATE:  The data has been updated, check out foodnews.org for the new lists.

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