Top 12 Dirtiest Foods of 2014

“For decades, various toxic pesticides were claimed to be ‘safe’ — until they weren’t, and either banned or phased out because they posed risks to people,” Sonya Lunder, EWG’s senior analyst and author of the Shopper’s Guide report said in a statement. “While regulators and scientists debate these and other controversies about pesticide safety, EWG will continue drawing attention to the fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide loads.”

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According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, pesticides have been linked to nervous and endocrine system disruption, developmental problems in children and increased cancer risk.

From the list of 48 tested produce items, the EWG offers a quick and easy “Dirty Dozen” list of the 12 most contaminated foods which you should always buy organic (#1 on the list just may surprise you), and the “Clean 15” list of the 15 cleanest foods. Click Here For The Full List

Dirty Dozen (Note: The lower the number = more contaminated)

12. Potatoes
11. Snap pea (imported)
10. Cherry tomatoes
9. Cucumbers
8. Nectarines (imported)
7. Sweet bell peppers
6. Spinach
5. Peaches
4. Celery
3. Grapes
2. Strawberries
1. Apples

Clean 15 (Note: The lower the number =  more clean)

15. Sweet potatoes
14. Cauliflower
13. Cantaloupe (domestic)
12. Grapefruit
11. Eggplant
10. Kiwi
9. Papayas
8. Mangoes
7. Asparagus
6. Onions
5. Sweet peas (frozen)
4. Cabbage
3. Pineapples
2. Sweet corn
1. Avocados

So, don’t stop eating your fruits and veggies! The purpose of this list is to make you a more informed consumer and to help you shop smarter. Buy organic when you can, especially for items on the Dirty Dozen list, and eat plenty of foods from the Clean 15.

To read the full list, click here.


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