The Dirty Dozen & The Clean Fifteen

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) just released its 2017 Dirty Dozen list. Each year, this group singles out produce that carry the highest pesticide loads of non-organic fruits and vegetables in our food system.

This is a great list to use when deciding whether to buy organic produce.

For example, this year shows that just one non-organic strawberry contained 21 different pesticide residues. 

And, spinach moved its way up to an impressive second on the list, as the majority of samples tested positive for a neurotoxic bug killer that is banned from use in Europe.

The Dirty Dozen 2017

Here is EWG’s Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce:

  1. Strawberries
  1. Spinach
  1. Nectarines
  1. Apples
  1. Peaches
  1. Pears
  1. Cherries
  1. Grapes
  1. Celery
  1. Tomatoes
  1. Sweet Bell Peppers
  1. Potatoes

You can wash produce to remove some residues, but systemic pesticides are present inside the produce and cannot be washed away.

The Clean Fifteen 2017 

The Clean Fifteen is a list of non-organic produce least likely to be contaminated by pesticide residues:

  1. Sweet Corn
  1. Avocados
  1. Pineapples
  1. Cabbage
  1. Onions
  1. Frozen Sweet Peas
  1. Papayas
  1. Asparagus
  1. Mangos
  1. Eggplant
  1. Honeydew Melon
  1. Eggplant
  1. Cantaloupe
  1. Cauliflower
  1. Grapefruit

To eat is a necessity, 

but to eat intelligently is an art.

– Francois La Rochefoucauld –


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This article was contributed by Jane Hill – fierce Bikram Yogi, lover of all things natural, and my best yoga buddy. Look for more articles by Jane in the Off the Mat Chats section of Views From the Podium!