Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Dirty Dozen Plus 2012

Eat your fruits and vegetables! The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure. Use EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides to reduce your exposures as much as possible, but eating conventionally-grown produce is far better than not eating fruits and vegetables at all. The Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce will help you determine which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues and are the most important to buy organic. You can lower your pesticide intake substantially by avoiding the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and eating the least contaminated produce. -© 2012, Environmental Working Group

The dirty dozen has been expanded to include two crops of note: green beans and kale/greens:
  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Sweet bell peppers
  4. Peaches
  5. Strawberries
  6. Grapes
  7. Spinach
  8. Lettuce
  9. Potatoes
  10. Cucumbers
  11. Blueberries (domestic)
  12. Potatoes
  13. *Green beans
  14. *Kale/greens
*May contain pesticide residues of special concern
For a list of the Clean 15, click here!
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