Check out this 1-minute video for 12 foods with the highest pesticide residues this year (avoid or buy organic) – plus 15 “clean” foods you can safely buy conventionally grown.
Have you seen this year’s “Dirty Dozen” list?
Each year, the Environmental Working Group compiles a list of the most heavily polluted produce based on pesticide use and residue on certain food crops. While this list highlights the importance of purchasing organic foods when possible, it is also a valuable resource for those without an unlimited food budget, as it emphasizes which foods you should make sure to purchase organically grown.
The sister to this list is the “Clean 15,” which spotlights fifteen other types of produce that are much safer to consume without having to spend the extra money on the organic version.
While apples, cherries, and strawberries topped the “Dirty” list for several years, this year, kale caused a stir by moving up to the #3 spot. This health food darling boasts high levels of pesticide residues, along with spinach, apples, strawberries, and, lower on the list, celery and potatoes.
This quick video provides a brief rundown of both the clean and dirty produce lists for 2019:
Here’s this year’s full “Dirty Dozen” list, from most pesticide residues to least:
To download a FREE printable guide to both the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15, visit EWG.org.