DIRTY DOZEN – CLEAN 15

PROGRAM DIRTY DOZEN-CLEAN 15 LISTS INTO CELL SO THEY’RE HANDY WHEN YOU’RE SHOPPING

The list below comes from the Environmental Working Group, known as EWG’s 2012 Shopper’s
Guide to Pesticides in Produce on their website, you can read more about their methodology and download the list.  Carry it in your wallet or program it in your cell phone.  Either way, keep the list handy when shopping.

Be sure to check out the “Environmental Bad Guys”, a chapter in Dr. Wood’s book, How to Get Kids to Eat Great & Love It!  And you can read some excerpts on her website.

A Word from Dr. Wood:

I tell parents…
If your child tends to eat a lot of  produce sited on the “Dirty Dozen” list, make an effort to at least buy those fruits and vegetables organic and don’t worry so much about fruits and vegetables on the “Clean 15″ list.” 
 Washing produce is a smart idea, but please understand some of the chemicals remain and grow right into the produce, so washing does not get rid of them all.  Never wash fruits and vegetables with soap, it can be as harmful as pesticide residue.

EWG 2012 “DIRTY DOZEN PLUS” LIST OF THE MOST HEAVILY SPRAYED PRODUCE

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Sweet bell peppers
  4. Peaches
  5. Strawberries
  6. Nectarines – Imported
  7. Grapes
  8. Spinach
  9. Lettuce
  10. Cucumbers
  11. Blueberries – domestic
  12. Potatoes
  13. + Green beans
  14. + Kale/Greens

The addition of green beans and leafy greens (kale and collard greens) does not meet the traditional pesticide residue criteria, but they are contaminated with highly toxic organophosphate insecticides which are toxic to the nervous system.

CLEAN 15

  1. Onions
  2. Corn – *please see note
  3. Pineapples
  4. Avocado
  5. Cabbage
  6. Sweet peas
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangoes
  9. Eggplant
  10. Kiwi
  11. Cantaloupe – Domestic
  12. Sweet potatoes
  13. Grapefruit
  14. Watermelon
  15. Mushrooms
*NOTE from Dr. Wood on corn: it’s almost always GMO – genetically modified organism, so please buy organic to avoid this.
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