When shopping for groceries these days, it can get a little overwhelming with all the different choices and especially the prices of organic produce these days! If you’re new to buying organic foods or you’re simply looking for a way to save a little money on your grocery bill while still eating “clean”, check out the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) list which has been updated to reflect 2011 farming practices. Every year the EWG puts out a list of  the “Dirty Dozen” which is a  list of produce with the highest amount of pesticides, alongside a list of the “clean 15” which contain the least amount of pesticides. This year the public health advocacy group found that 92% of apples contained two or more pesticides, putting them on top of the list (translation: buy organic apples!).

Here’s the complete Dirty Dozen list. You probably want to buy organic here.

The Dirty Dozen:
1. Apples
2. Celery
3. Strawberries
4. Peaches
5. Spinach
6. Nectarines (imported)
7. Grapes (imported)
8. Sweet bell peppers
9. Potatoes
10. Blueberries
11. Lettuce
12. Kale/collard greens

And on the flip side, here’s the “Clean 15” list of produce with the lowest amount of  pesticides. If you’d like to save some money on produce and not opt for organic, this list is a good place to start.

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

 

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