Clean Fifteen Dirty Dozen? And the winners are…
After the Oscars, before the Tony’s, here’s another list of winners and losers we’ve been waiting for. ..
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) “Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides” aka the “Clean Fifteen” and “Dirty Dozen”, emerged on April 24, in time for Earth Day. The EWG, an environmental watchdog group, takes the USDA’s data on pesticide residues in conventionally grown fruits and vegetables and compiles the best and worst into a pocket-sized chart. When faced with a growing array of organically grown produce from farmer’s markets to Safeway, here’s a way to help you choose which products merit the extra money.
For the third year in a row, apples top the “Dirty Dozen” list. Cherry tomatoes and hot peppers showed up for the first time, and blueberries and lettuce have dropped off the list. A single grape and a bell pepper in this evaluation tested positive for 15 pesticides each. Single stalks of celery, individual cherry tomatoes and sweet bell peppers tested positive for 13 different pesticides each. Wow!
Corn tops the “Clean Fifteen” list again this year, along with papaya, a newcomer. EWG points out that many of the safest options, including corn and papayas, benefit from a natural protective coating. However, that summertime favorite, watermelon, dropped off the clean list even though that rind seems pretty protective to us.
Use this list to kick start the season by shopping healthfully and eating right!
Dirty Dozen 2013:
Sweet bell peppers
Clean Fifteen 2013:
Sweet peas (frozen, since they’re more readily available)
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