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The Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen

by on July 26, 2016
 

This is a Shopper’s Guide to Levels of Pesticide in Produce put out by the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organization that advocates for policies to protect individual health (Portuguese version follows):

Here are the Dirty Dozen:

Berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries)

Apples

Celery

Cherry Tomatoes

Cucumbers

Grapes

Kale and Colored Greens

Peaches (and Nectarines)

Potatoes

Peas

Spinach

Sweet Bell and Hot Peppers, Hot Peppers

And here are the Clean Fifteen:

Asparagus

Avocados

Cabbage

Cantaloupe

Cauliflower

Eggplant

Honeydew Melon

Grapefruit

Kiwi

Mangoes

Onions

Papayas

Pineapples

Sweet Potatoes

Watermelon

It is best to buy directly from local grocers, rather than imported. Some of the tropical fruits are usually imported from Thailand, Central or South America. If you find Hawaiian or even local, that will be best.

In the January 2014 edition of LIVING HEALTH Magazine, we have an article about juicing and in there you will also find the best, most-proven way to wash your fruits and vegetables. Check it out!

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