Avoid These “Dirty Dozen” but Add the “Clean Fifteen”

Dirty Dozen fruits and vegetables can pose health risks, while Clean Fifteen are safe.


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Since 2004, a nonprofit environmental organization called the Environmental Working GroupEWG have been making a list of the top 12 dirtiest fruits and vegetables, and the top 15 cleanest produce, according to cnn.com.  Releasing this list makes it easier for shoppers to avoid pesticides and stay healthy, according to mnn.com.

According to mnn.com, when buying produce from the dirty dozen list, it is best to purchase organic fruits and vegetables to avoid the chemicals, while the produce from the clean fifteen list is safe to purchase the conventional versions to save money.

Pesticides are meant to kill insects, pests, and unwanted fungi, according to dictionary.com.  This is why it can be harmful to all humans, and especially harmful to children with weak immune systems.

“Research “suggests that pesticides may induce chronic health complications in children, including neurodevelopmental or behavioral problems, birth defects, asthma, and cancer,” stated authors of a 2012 American Academy of Pediatricians report, according to EWG, stated by cnn.com.

Following is a list of the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen

Dirty Dozen:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectarines
  4. Apples
  5. Grapes
  6. Peaches
  7. Cherries
  8. Pears
  9. Tomatoes
  10. Celery
  11. Potatoes
  12. Sweet Bell Peppers/Hot Peppers

Clean Fifteen:

  1. Avocadoes
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbages
  5. Onions
  6. Frozen Sweet Peas
  7. Papayas
  8. Asparagus
  9. Mangoes
  10. Eggplants
  11. Honeydew Melons
  12. Kiwis
  13. Cantaloupes
  14. Cauliflowers
  15. Broccoli

According to happyhealthymama.com, to get rid of pesticides for a happier, healthier lifestyle, one could soak pesticide rich produce in four parts water to one part white vinegar for 20 minutes.  After soaking, rinse the fruits or vegetables with water to get rid of the vinegar taste.

Enjoy fresh and healthy produce.