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The Dirty Dozen: Fruits and Veggies With The Highest Amount of Pesticides

on July 24, 2012

Each year, the Environmental Working Group releases their list of the most common 45 fruits and vegetables and the pesticide levels for each.  Those with the highest levels of pesticides are thus named “the dirty dozen.”  Since they contain the highest percentage of pesticides, these items are the ones which are suggested to buy organic if possible.  At the bottom of the list is the Clean Fifteen, 15 foods that have the lowest pesticide load. If you’re on a limited budget and have to pick and chose your organic produce, EWG recommends that you spend the extra money for the Dirty Dozen in their organic form and buy the Clean Fifteen in their conventional form.

2012 Dirty Dozen

1. Apples

2. Celery

3. Sweet bell peppers

4. Peaches

5. Strawberries

6. Imported nectarines

7. Grapes

8. Spinach

9. Lettuce

10. Cucumbers

11. Domestic blueberries

12. Potatoes

2012 Clean 15

1. Onions

2. Sweet corn

3. Pineapples

4. Avocado

5. Cabbage

6. Sweet peas

7. Asparagus

8. Mangoes

9. Eggplant

10. Kiwi

11. Domestic cantaloupe

12. Sweet potatoes

13. Grapefruit

14. Watermelon

15. Mushrooms



One response to “The Dirty Dozen: Fruits and Veggies With The Highest Amount of Pesticides

  1. […] GO ORGANIC WHEN YOU CAN – I know it costs more money in many cases.  I know buying organic isn’t readily available in all areas.  I know everyone does not live where farmers’ markets and gardens are available.  However, when these options are available, please consider choosing them ESPECIALLY when it deals with THE DIRTY DOZEN, as these contain the highest rates of pesticides and contaminants that can do MAJOR DAMAGE to the human body.  Check out these MySuperFoods blog posts for reference:… […]

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