New Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen Lists for 2018


May 16, 2018

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The Environmental Working Group recently updated its annual Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists. The EWG first created the Dirty Dozen to help shoppers identify which fruits and vegetables are highest in pesticides. The info has helped empower shoppers to reduce the amount of pesticides in their diet by raising awareness of which foods contain the highest levels.

If you’re trying to reduce your exposure to pesticides, items high on the Dirty Dozen can either be avoided or purchased organically. Also helpful, the Clean Fifteen list ranks produce grown using conventional methods but with low levels of pesticide residue.

Here are the updated lists!

Dirty Dozen 2018

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectarines
  4. Apples
  5. Grapes
  6. Peaches
  7. Cherries
  8. Pears
  9. Tomatoes
  10. Celery
  11. Potatoes
  12. Sweet bell peppers

Clean Fifteen 2018

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet corn (the EWG notes this is likely to be genetically modified)
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbages
  5. Onions
  6. Sweet peas (frozen)
  7. Papayas (the EWG notes this is likely to be genetically modified)
  8. Asparagus
  9. Mangoes
  10. Eggplants
  11. Honeydew melons
  12. Kiwis
  13. Cantaloupes
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Broccoli

Check out the EWG for the full reports!

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