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“The Dirty Dozen” and “The Clean 15”
POSTED BY Rosemary ON Dec 20th, 2011
By: Rosemary Seguin CNP, NNCP
How do you know what fruits and vegetables you should always buy organic and which ones are “ok” to eat non organic? The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has done all the research and has created a list for us to shop by.
The lists are called “The Dirty Dozen” and the “The Clean Fifteen”. "The Dirty Dozen" is a list of the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables. Pay attention to that list and always try and buy those foods organic. “The Clean Fifteen” is a list of the fruits and vegetables least likely to test positive for pesticides, so you can rest easy and buy those foods non-organic.
According to the EWG, if you choose 5 servings of fruits and vegetables from the Clean 15 rather than the Dirty Dozen, you can lower the amount of pesticides you consume daily by 92 percent! Wow. Now that’s something to think about.
I must also add to this, for those concerned about genetically modified foods (GMO’s) these lists do not take that into consideration. Only the pesticide residues have been studied here. Since GMO foods in Canada are not labeled, you must buy organic in order to be certain the food is not GMO.
Here is the “Dirty Dozen” and “The Clean 15”
Source: Environmental Working Group 2011, http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/
The Dirty Dozen
6.Nectarines – Imported
7.Grapes – imported
8. Sweet Bell Peppers
10.Blueberries – Domestic
The Clean 15
2. Sweet Corn
6. Sweet peas
9. Cantaloupe – domestic
13. Sweet Potatoes
Note: Corn used for animal feed and biofuels is almost all produced with genetically modified (GMO) seeds, as is some sweet corn sold for human consumption. EWG advises those who have concerns about GMOs to buy organic sweet corn. http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary/
For anyone interested in the EWG’s Methodology it is all explained on their website http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/methodology/
You can also get a free app for your iphone from the EWG with these lists just type in “dirty dozen” in the search bar of your iphone.
Another free app I really love is “What’s on my food” by the Pesticide Action Network. It has an alphabetized list of fruits and veggies and gives you a total residue score for each food listed.
Both apps are a great resource when you’re at the grocery store for a quick look up!