Thursday, May 23, 2013

Dirty Dozen [2013]

videoThe Environmental Working Group (EWG) released once again this year's list of the Dirty 12 Plus and Clean Fifteen. Now, in its ninth year, this popular list comes from an analysis conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture and the federal Food and Drug Administration on 53 of the most popular fruits and vegetables consumed in our country. Its intent is to send out an alert of the level of pesticide contamination on these products, empowering the consumer on ways to make better choices when shopping at the supermarket.

As the name clearly states, the Dirty Dozen are the fruits and vegetables with the highest level of contamination and the Clean Fifteen with the lowest. While it is never too much to emphasize the importance of having a diet based primarily on fruits and vegetables whether organic or conventionally grown - this list can perhaps help us avoid the ones that are the most "dirty". Worthy of your attention!

The Dirty Dozen - 2013
(the ones you should consider buying organic)
  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapes
  • Hot Peppers
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Bell Peppers

The Clean Fifteen - 2013
(the ones it should be okay to buy conventional)
  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe
  • Sweet Corn
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Mangos
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Papayas
  • Pineapples
  • Sweet Peas
  • Sweet Potatoes

As I mentioned on my previous post on the Dirty Dozen, even if you don't commit to buying only organic, switching at least these 12 items can reduce 80% of your exposure to pesticide. Something to think about even when dealing with a tight budget.

Toxic Fruits and Vegetables - CNN [video].

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