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The New “Dirty Dozen” List of Produce

June 15, 2011 by  
Filed under Articles of Interest

The Environmental Working Group has released a new report detailing the list of fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide residues.  The Dirty Dozen List is:

Dirty Dozen 2011

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Strawberries
  4. Peaches
  5. Spinach
  6. Nectarines (imported)
  7. Grapes (imported)
  8. Sweet bell peppers
  9. Potatoes
  10. Blueberries (domestic)
  11. Lettuce
  12. Kale/collard greens

The “Clean Fifteen” list of the fruits and vegetables that contain the least amount of pesticid residue is:

Clean Fifteen 2011

  1. Onions
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Avocado
  5. Asparagus
  6. Sweet peas
  7. Mangoes
  8. Eggplants
  9. Cantaloupe (domestic)
  10. Kiwi
  11. Cabbage
  12. Watermelon
  13. Sweet potatoes
  14. Grapefruit
  15. Mushrooms

These lists provide information to consumers about whether to purchase organically grown produce to reduce pesticide consumption.  Contrary to popular belief, even cleaning produce might not remove all of the pesticide residue.  My general rule of thumb is that if you east the skin of a fruit or vegetable, you should consider purchasing organic for these.

For the original article, click here.

6/28/11 Update:  The Environmental Working Group now has a free  iPhone App called The Dirty Dozen where you can download these lists to keep with you when you go shopping.

To Your Health!

Dr. Harvey

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