Did you that the produce you buy at the grocery store may or may not actually be beneficial to you? Did you know that many fruits and vegetables today are grown and harvested with pesticides and other chemicals in them–things that stay in them if you don’t properly wash them and maybe even after? According to the Environmental Working Group, the USDA identified 178 different pesticides and byproducts of pesticides on about 70% of 48 types of conventional produce.
Want to by that fresh fruit and veggies now?
Don’t worry. The EWG has updated their list of the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 this year for you!The Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen Produce of 2017 Click To Tweet
What is the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15?
The Dirty Dozen is a list of the top 12 produce with the highest loads of pesticide residues. For produce on this list, it is highly suggested that you buy organic!!! However, it is highly suggested to not avoid foods on this list as they still contain key nutrients for our bodies. And, remember, if organic produce is too expensive or unavailable, fresh produce is always better than processed!
The Clean 15, however, is a list of produce that is least likely to have pesticide residue. But, even if you do purchase from this list, make sure you still wash your produce and store it correctly!
Dirty Dozen 2017
(From worst to better)
- Sweet Bell Peppers
Clean 15 2017
(The cleanest is first)
- Sweet Corn
- Frozen Sweet Peas
- Honeydew Melons