Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Dirty Dozen

Have you ever heard of the "dirty dozen"? It's a list of the top 12 fruits and vegetables you should always buy organic. Why? Because, according to the Environmental Working Group, we can reduce our pesticide exposure by 80% by avoiding the most contaminated fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables become "contaminated" when a large number of pesticides are used on a certain crop and the presence of those pesticides remain. Even if you scrub your food with warm water and soap, it is impossible to eliminate all the pesticides used to grow that item. SCARY! So here is the list of the Dirty Dozen, starting with the most contaminated:
  1. Peaches
  2. Apples
  3. Bell Peppers
  4. Celery
  5. Nectarines
  6. Strawberries
  7. Cherries
  8. Pears
  9. Imported Grapes
  10. Spinach
  11. Lettuce
  12. Potatoes

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