The “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15”

Did you know that the fruits and vegetables at your grocery store could be covered with bug killers, fungicides and other chemicals?

But don’t let this scare you away from eating your fruits and vegetables! The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure. Use Environmental Working Group‘s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides to reduce your exposures as much as possible, but eating conventionally-grown produce is far better than not eating fruits and vegetables at all. The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce will help you determine which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues and are the most important to buy organic. You can lower your pesticide intake substantially by avoiding the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and eating the least contaminated produce.

This year the Environmental Working Group has expanded the Dirty Dozen with a Plus category to highlight two crops — green beans and leafy greens, meaning, kale and collard greens – that did not meet traditional Dirty Dozen criteria but were commonly contaminated with highly toxic organophosphate insecticides. These insecticides are toxic to the nervous system and have been largely removed from agriculture over the past decade. But they are not banned and still show up on some food crops.

Commodity crop 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. Since GMO sweet corn is not labeled as such in US stores, EWG advises those who have concerns about GMOs to buy organic sweet corn.

 

Dirty Dozen Plus™

Buy these organic

1Apples

2Celery

3Sweet bell peppers

4 Peaches

5Strawberries

6Nectarines
– imported

7Grapes

8Spinach

9Lettuce

10Cucumbers

11Blueberries
– domestic

12Potatoes

Plus

+Green beans

+Kale/Greens

+ May contain pesticide residues of special concern

Clean 15™

Lowest in Pesticide

1Onions

2Sweet Corn

3Pineapples

4Avocado

5Cabbage

6Sweet peas

7Asparagus

8Mangoes

9Eggplant

10Kiwi

11Cantaloupe
– domestic

12Sweet potatoes

13rapefruit

14Watermelon

15Mushrooms


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Marina Love is a leader in the fields of Nutrition, Herbalism, Longevity, Entrepreneurship & Personal/Spiritual Development. Marina studied extensively with The BodyMind Institute and has become an entrepreneurial power-house in Feminine Empowerment Medicine. Marina offers Goddess CirclesCacao Ceremonies and Individual therapy sessions & Programs in addition to her projects Goddesspreneur Academy, Love Movement, Guiltless Chocolates & Goddess Beauty. Her heart’s mission is to holistically empower women by all means possible in the spirit of sisterhood, non-competition, embracing the Goddess within and holding space for surrender.

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