The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen: 2011 Rankings

When buying produce, we are faced with a choice: dish out more money for organic fruits and vegetables, or stick to conventionally grown produce to save a buck (or two).  To help make the decision easier, the Environmental Working Group, an advocacy nonprofit, uses data from the United States Department of Agriculture to identify which fruits and vegetables have the highest (“Dirty Dozen”) and lowest (“Clean 15”) amount of pesticide residue.  As of yesterday the new and updated lists for 2011 were released. “Picking five servings of fruits and vegetables from the 12 most contaminated would cause you to consume an average of 14 different pesticides a day,” the group reports.  Thankfully there is a flipside.  Choosing foods from the “Clean 15” list lowers daily pesticide consumption by 92 percent.

“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

“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

Looks like an apple a day may not keep the doctor away…

DK

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