Dirty Dozen & Clean 15
Do you know how many pesticides are in your local, in-season summer eats?
It is always recommended to eat more fruits and veggies and to buy them organic if you can. But sometimes organic produce can cost more or isn’t available. Use this list to know which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues and what you can buy instead to lower your exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.
The Environmental Working Group has come out with the 2013 dirty dozen foods (those foods found with the highest levels of pesticides) as well as the “Clean 15” – foods will the lowest levels.
Use these as guidelines when planning meals for you and your loved ones:
Sweet Bell Peppers
(also be careful with collard greens, kale, summer squash and zucchini)
Sweet Peas (frozen)