The what’s clean and what’s not of the fruit and vegetable world has been revealed.
Every year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), which is a watchdog organization in Washington, D.C., releases the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15″ lists. Essentially shopping guides to inform consumers, these lists show the pesticide levels of commonly sold fruits and vegetables.
Last year, apples topped the list on being the most pesticide-laden fruit. And well, it appears that the apple really doesn’t fall far from the tree. Here is that 2014 ‘Dirty Dozen’ List:
- Sweet bell peppers
- Cherry tomatoes
- Snap peas
Regarding the produce on the “Dirty Dozen” list, other interesting things to note were the fact that almost every sample of imported nectarines and apple tested positive for at least one pesticide residue. Consumers should also be more conscious of celery, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas and strawberries as they showed 13 different pesticides apiece.
Moving on to the cleanest of the bunch, the 2014 ‘Clean Fifteen’ list is as such:
- Sweet peas
- Sweet potatoes
Similar with previous years, avocados top the clean list. On an overall, detecting multiple pesticide residues is extremely rare on Clean Fifteen vegetables.
Nonetheless, do note that these lists do not mean that you have to cut out apples from your diet and stock up in avocados instead. As mentioned by the EWG, it is simply recommended to buy organic versions of these produces. And even if you can’t, know that proper cleaning can help minimise pesticide exposure, and that eating them is far better than not eating fruits and vegetables at all.