The Dirty Dozen

smallWhich Produce Should You Buy Organic?

The season of summer salads and cool fruity treats is just around the corner! We know that the benefits of eating fruit and vegetables are many, however ideally we would like to get these benefits while ingesting a minimum of the pesticides that they can expose us to.

A happy medium might be found in staying up to date with the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen”. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is an organization that works to inform people of the chemical presence on common foods.

IMG_1610The EWG compiles a yearly list of recommendations that they base on data from thousands of tests for pesticide residues by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA). This list provides you with the information to make informed decisions when deciding whether or not to buy organic. The 2016 list is below. The lower the number the higher the level of pesticides.

The 2016 Dirty Dozen
1 Strawberries 2 Apples 3 Nectarines 4 Peaches 5 Celery 6 Grapes 7 Cherries
8 Spinach 9 Tomatoes 10 Bell Peppers 11 Cherry Tomatoes 12 Cucumber

The 2016  Clean Fifteen

1 Avacados 2 Corn 3 Pineapple 4 Cabbage 5 Sweet peas 6 Onions  7 Asparagus 8 Mangos
9 Papaya 10 Kiwi 11 Egg Plant 12 Honeydew 13 Grapefruit 14 Cantaloupe
15 Cauliflower

What I like about this list is that it allows you to choose which food items should be top priority if you feel that you are unable to afford to buy completely organic, or cannot find all the items on your shopping list in the organic aisle.

Happy shopping in the produce aisle to you, as we get back into the swing of crisp, cool, and healthy Summer eating!

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