The Environmental Working Group (EWG) just released the free 2018 Shoppers Guide to Pesticides in Produce. It's a great list to have at your fingertips.
Each year, EWG analyzes data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration on the amount of pesticide residue found in the nation's fresh produce supply. EWG ranks 48 of the most popular fresh fruits and vegetables according to how much or how little pesticide residue they contain after being washed and, in some cases, peeled.
Most convential produce is sprayed with pesticides, including fungicides, insecticides, and herbicides, and there are proven health risks associated with these toxic chemicals.
So, the guide essentially lets you know which fruits and vegetables you can safely buy organic and nonorganic. That helps you stay healthy and save money.
Here's a quick look at the top Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen fruits and vegetables:
Avocados are #1 on the Clean 15 list of least-sprayed produce. Fewer than 1 percent of avocados tested positive for pesticides, so avocados are safe to buy nonorganic. That's good to know because nonorganic avocados are usually half the price of organic avocados.
On the other hand, strawberries are #1 on the Dirty Dozen list of most-sprayed produce. In fact, 99% of strawberries tested had pesticides (some with residue from 22 different pesticides). So you should buy these organic.
EWG compiles a full list that contains 48 fruits and vegetables, so be sure to check that out. But for a quick reference, you might want to download the shorter Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen list on your phone for grocery shopping. And be sure to share the link with your friends and family! It's great info that everyone should have.
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