The Clean 15!

According to the Environmental Working Group, nearly two-thirds of the 3,015 produce samples tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2013 contained pesticide residues.

I try to make the most of my grocery dollar because I know that food is my medicine. The better my food the better my health. The reality is that not everything I eat is organic. So I educated myself on which produce should always be bought organic and which ones can be conventional. Take avocados, they are the cleanest conventionally grown food with only 1% of avocados showing any detectable signs of pesticides. The potato has more pesticides by weight than any other produce.

The Dirty Dozen – Buy Organic

  • Apples
  • Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Imported Grapes
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Potatoes
  • Red Raspberries
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries

The Clean 15 – Buy Conventional

  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Corn (sweet)
  • Eggplant
  • Kiwi
  • Mangos
  • Onions
  • Papaya
  • Pineapples
  • Peas (sweet)
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon

An educated consumer is a healthy consumer. Click here for the complete Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce as compiled by the EWG.

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