The Environmental Working Group (EWG), the nation’s leading environmental health research and advocacy organization, created the Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce. This guide, which is updated each year, highlights the cleanest and dirtiest conventionally-raised fruits and vegetables. Earlier this week, I wrote about the Dirty Dozen, or the 12 most pesticide-laden foods. To see this article, click HERE. Today I am writing about the the 15 least pesticide-laden foods which are known as the “Clean Fifteen™″. According to the EWG, If the fruit or veggie is listed on the Clean Fifteen™, it’s ok to buy it as non-organic or conventional since relatively few pesticides were detected on these foods, and tests found low total concentrations of pesticides on them.
2015 Clean Fifteen includes:
- Sweet corn
- Frozen sweet peas
- Sweet potatoes
Here are a few facts that will make you feel good about buying these fruits and vegetables as conventional or non-organic:
- Avocados were the cleanest: only 1 percent of avocado samples showed any detectable pesticides.
- Some 89 percent of pineapples, 82 percent of kiwi, 80 percent of papayas, 88 percent of mango and 61 percent of cantaloupe had no residues.
- No single fruit sample from the Clean Fifteen™ tested positive for more than 4 types of pesticides.
- Multiple pesticide residues are extremely rare on Clean Fifteen™ vegetables. Only 5.5 percent of Clean Fifteen samples had two or more pesticides.
Please remember, the health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure. So regardless of which fruit or vegetable you eat, it’s better to eat conventionally-grown produce than no produce at all.