EWG’s Dirty Dozen + Clean Fifteen

May 31, 2022

Produce that is in season is often fresher, tastier, more nutritionally dense and our bodies naturally crave in-season foods. Eating seasonally is also environmentally sustainable, it supports our local farmers, producers, and our local economy.

During my time in school, I learned about EWG’s dirty dozen vs clean fifteen. EWG’s list is an excellent source to refer to when choosing organic vs conventional produce.

When choosing between buying conventional vs organic consider EWG’s dirty dozen and clean fifteen lists. Conventional produce loaded with pesticides are known to be endocrine disruptors meaning they have the potential to mess with our hormones. Pesticides have also been linked to various other health problems. Reduce your exposure by discerning which produce to buy – organic vs conventional.

EWG’s Dirty Dozen, heavy pesticides in produce:

Strawberries, Spinach, Kale, Collard & Mustard Greens, Nectarines, Apples, Grapes, Bell & Hot Peppers, Cherries, Peaches, Pears, Celery, Tomatoes

EWG’s Clean Fifteen, the least pesticides found in produce:

Avocados, Sweet Corn, Pineapple, Onions, Papaya, Sweet peas (frozen), Asparagus, Honeydew melon, Kiwi, Cabbage, Mushrooms, Cantaloupe, Mangoes, Watermelon, Sweet Potatoes



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