The Clean Fifteen

VeggiesThe Environmental Working Group (EWG) is an organization that creates public lists for consumers regarding pesticide levels in fruits and vegetables.  Each year the EWG creates the Dirty Dozen, which are the foods that contain the highest amounts of pesticide residue.  In addition, the EWG creates the Clean Fifteen, which are the top fifteen foods that contain the lowest amounts of pesticide residue.  This important information can help consumers when deciding whether to purchase standard produce or choose organic sources.

For families living on a budget, it can be difficult to purchase all produce organically.  Take rest knowing that the list of the Clean Fifteen has produce that is lowest in pesticide residue.  These foods are typically fine to purchase non-organically as they do not contain many pesticides.

Here is the EWG Clean Fifteen list:

  1. Corn
  2. Onions
  3. Pineapples
  4. Avocados
  5. Cabbage
  6. Sweet peas (frozen)
  7. Papayas
  8. Mangos
  9. Asparagus
  10. Eggplant
  11. Kiwi
  12. Grapefruit
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Sweet Potatoes
  15. Mushrooms

These fifteen produce items contain the lowest amount of pesticide residue when tested by the EWG.  Of course you should always thoroughly clean your produce before eating, even if you are peeling the skin.  Think about all the handling that your piece of fruit went through before it reached the grocery store and before it reaches your home.  The FDA recommends that you scrub all produce under running water before consumption.  A great way to clean your produce is to wash it in warm water and vinegar solution.  Then rinse the fruit under running warm water.  Dry the fruit with a dry cloth and go ahead and eat it, knowing it is clean.

So next time you are writing your grocery list, put these items in the non-organic section and feel confident that you will be giving your family low pesticide produce.