The Dirty Dozen

Everyone knows that fresh fruit and vegetables are an important part of nutrition – but don’t negate the nutrition by consuming massive amounts of pesticides. It’s important to eat organic whenever possible, but especially the produce off the Dirty Dozen List. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases a list every year of the fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide levels and it can be pretty unnerving when you hear some stats. For instance, this year’s top “dirty” food? Apples. More than 40 different kinds of pesticides have been found on apples alone, ack! And strawberries, who can resist a plump, juicy strawberry? That’s another one to watch out for, with over 50 different pesticides’ residue.

Make safer choices when shopping for produce – remember the Dirty Dozen and try to always buy these organic.

Dirty Dozen – 12 Most Contaminated

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Strawberries
  4. Peaches
  5. Spinach
  6. Nectarines – imported
  7. Grapes – imported
  8. Bell peppers
  9. Potatoes
  10. Blueberries – domestic
  11. Lettuce
  12. Kale/collard greens

Clean 15 – Lowest in Pesticide

  1. Onions
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Avocado
  5. Asparagus
  6. Sweet peas
  7. Mangoes
  8. Eggplant
  9. Cantaloupe – domestic
  10. Kiwi
  11. Cabbage
  12. Watermelon
  13. Sweet potatoes
  14. Grapefruit
  15. Mushrooms

PS: We just got deliveries yesterday of the RAWbundant cheeses in both stores. It’s been hard keeping them on the shelves so if you’re looking, they’re here, get ’em while you can!


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