Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen

22 May 2018 no comments emily vasey Categories healthTags ,

2018 Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen

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Every year, the Environmental Working Group tests the fruit and veggie market to find out which types of conventionally grown produce contain the most chemical pesticides.

The 2018 report, released in April, found that nearly 70 percent of produce tested was contaminated with pesticide residues. According to the EWG’s research, strawberries, spinach, and nectarines were the worst offenders- and that was the second year in a row! The average strawberry sampled tested positive for a whopping 20 different pesticides, and spinach had 1.8 times more pesticide residue by weight than any other crop.

As for the least contaminated, avocados and sweet corn were the cleanest crops, with less than 1 percent of samples showing any detectable pesticides.

Certain pesticides have been shown to have negative effects on human and environmental health.  Kids and women expecting children should be the most concerned, according to a new study at Harvard.

Here’s the complete 2018 ranking, and you can take a look at the EWG’s Final Report Here:

2018 Dirty Dozen

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectarines
  4. Apples
  5. Grapes
  6. Peaches
  7. Cherries
  8. Pears
  9. Tomatoes
  10. Celery
  11. Potatoes
  12. Sweet bell peppers

2018 Clean Fifteen

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Onions
  6. Frozen sweet peas
  7. Papayas
  8. Asparagus
  9. Mangoes
  10. Eggplant
  11. Honeydew melon
  12. Kiwi
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Broccoli

Click Here to find out more about the types of produce we use at Authentic Meals.