The Dirty Dozen And The Clean Fifteen
Written By: Michelle, The Green-Mother
After doing some research, I found out that the fruits and vegetables that are displayed at my local grocery store may be covered with the following:
– bug killers,
– and other toxins.
Research conducted by the U. S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration found detectible pesticide residues on 68 percent of food samples. As a mother with young children, it is important for me to eat as clean as possible. With the rising cost of food now a days, it is not always possible and realistic to purchase everything organic. Organic food can be expensive and not affordable for most.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has put together a list of fruits and vegetables that they believe should be purchased organic whenever possible. I have put together a list of “The Dirty Dozen” and “The Clean Fifteen”.
The Dirty Dozen (purchase these organic where possible):
3. Sweet bell peppers
6. Nectarines – imported
11. Blueberries – domestic
The Clean Fifteen (ok to purchase non organic):
2. Sweet Corn
6. Sweet Peas
11. Cantaloupe – domestic
12. Sweet Potatoes