The 2015 Shopping List of Safe Fruits & Veggies
Evan Jensen | My Body
Eat more fruits and vegetables. You know the drill to improve your diet, but before you cruise through the produce section at the store, you need to know that some fruits and veggies are safer to eat than others.
The Environmental Working Group recently published its annual list of The Dirty Dozen™ and the Clean 15™. It’s a quick-reference guide to help you know which traditionally-grown fruits and vegetables are safe to eat and which ones to avoid due to high levels of pesticides discovered through testing. Compared to last year’s report, there’s good news and bad news.
First, the good news: If you followed the 2014 EWG guidelines by eating the Clean 15™ and buying organic varieties of other fruits and vegetables, the list hasn’t changed. Traditionally grown avocados top the list as the least likely fruit (yes, it’s technically a fruit) to contain pesticides; avocados were followed by pineapples, kiwi, papayas, mangoes, and cantaloupe.
Here’s the complete list of The Clean 15™:
2015 – The Clean 15™
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet peas (frozen)
- Sweet potatoes
The bad news: The Dirty Dozen list is the same as last year too. Hot peppers, kale, collard greens, and other leafy greens didn’t qualify for the official list, but because of “the extraordinary toxicity of the pesticides detected on them,” you should only eat the organic variety. The worst offenders for high levels of pesticide residue included apples, peaches, and nectarines. Here’s the complete list of The Dirty Dozen™:
2015 – The Dirty Dozen™
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Cherry tomatoes
- Snap Peas
* Hot peppers
* Leafy greens
Keep this list with you for your future shopping trips so you know which traditionally-grown fruits and veggies are safe to eat, and which ones you need to buy from the organic section.
Farmers markets can also be good places to buy produce in season – just be sure to find out if your fruits and veggies are traditionally-farmed with pesticides or grown organically. Organic can get expensive, so look for ways to substitute items on The Dirty Dozen™ list for healthier options or get inspired to grow your own!