Clean Fifteen

Clean Fifteen

The Environmental Working Group’s (EWB) analysis of tests of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) found that about 70% of samples of 48 types of conventional produce were contaminated with residues of one or more pesticides. Unfortunately, those pesticides remained on veggies and fruits even after they were washed. Such fruits year after year end up on the “Dirty Dozen” list. As much as we all love organic food, there are fruits and vegetables that contain lower residues of pesticides.

Here is the EWG’s Clean Fifteen™ list of produce least likely to contain pesticide residues, or lower residues, include:

 1. Sweet corn

2. Avocados

3. Pineapples


4. Cabbage

5. Onions


6. Frozen sweet peas

7. Papayas

8. Asparagus

9. Mangoes


10. Eggplant

11. Honeydew melons

12. Kiwis

13. Cantaloupe


14. Cauliflower


15. Grapefruit

To better understand what’s clean and what’s dirty, Get EWG’s 2017 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™.

This handy guide helps avoid the Dirty Dozen, the non-organic fruits and veggitables that are highest in pesticides and resides. What we love about this guide is that it helps us choose non-organic items from the clean 15 list.

For more information, visit EWG.

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