The Dirty Dozen Becomes The Dirty 14 :-(

You may have heard about the Dirty Dozen before in reference to the particular foods known to be high in pesticides. Well, it looks like unfortunately the list has expanded. Read this article by Melissa Williams of Yoga Junction to be updated on what’s safe and what’s not when it comes to fruits and vegetables….

Dirty Dozen + 2
Melissa Williams, RYT, Co-Owner of the Yoga Junction

So by now there is a good chance you’ve heard of the ‘dirty dozen’, or the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables—produce that you’ll want to eat organic.

But this year, the Environmental Working Group released a “plus” category, highlighting unfortunately one MAJOR category that most of us eat on a daily basis that have been found to commonly be contaminated with toxic insecticides that are linked to nervous system problems.

While the news is a bit scary, they also released their Clean 15, the produce you don’t have to worry so much about. Ready to find out if your food passes the bill?

The top offender on the Dirty Dozen? Apples 😦  98 % of apples tested contained pesticides, followed closely by domestic blueberries, grapes, imported nectarines, peaches, and strawberries.

Where your food comes from matters so pay attention to not only the conventional versus organic label (organic produce has five digits that begins with a 9), but also the country of origin.

This year, the Environmental Working Group released their updated reports showing that the dirty dozen is really the dirty fourteen (not as catchy, we know)… adding two of our favorites to this pesticide-laden list, kale and greens as well as green beans.

The top 12 +2:

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Sweet bell peppers
  4. Peaches
  5. Strawberries
  6. Imported Nectarines
  7. Grapes
  8. Spinach
  9. Lettuce
  10. Cucumbers
  11. Domestic Blueberries
  12. Potatoes
    ++ Green Beans
    ++ Kale/Greens

What makes a food dirty? Trace amounts of pesticide residue found on most produce sampled. Looking for clean food? Here’s the Clean 15:

  1. Onions
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Avocado
  5. Cabbage
  6. Sweet peas
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangoes
  9. Eggplant
  10. Kiwi
  11. Domestic Cantaloupe
  12. Sweet potatoes
  13. Grapefruit
  14. Watermelon
  15. Mushrooms

So why does it all matter? These pesticide residues have toxic consequences and are ending up in our drinking water and even our children’s baby food. Learning how to navigate the produce aisle, while still feeding your family healthy veggies and fruits is key, and this list should become your companion shopper at the supermarket or natural food store.

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

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