A while back, I got a couple of questions from my some readers who are trying to eat healthier on a budget, especially in regards to organic food. Yes, organic food is pricey but when you factor in the benefits such as more nutrients, no pesticides, and better taste, it’s worth the extra cost, in my opinion. However, not all fruits and veggies are created equal and not all are worth of the higher price tag. Let me introduce to you, the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen, an annual list created by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) that lists the fruits and veggies with the most and least pesticides. This list will let you know which are the most important to eat organic and which are OK to eat even when conventionally grown.
According to EWG, they analyze pesticide residue testing data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration to come up with rankings for these popular fresh produce items. All 48 foods are listed below from worst to best (lower numbers = more pesticides).
Which Fruit or Veggie Surprises You The Most?
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