The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has just released its 2014 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce — an update to the helpful guide that makes you aware of the most heavily pesticide-sprayed produce. This way you can make the wise choices when shopping for fruits and vegetables, avoiding pesticides and saving money at the same time.
Apples are still at the top of the Dirty Dozen list, being the heaviest in pesticides.
Potatoes had more pesticides by weight than any other food.
No single fruit sample from the Clean Fifteen™ tested positive for more than 4 types of pesticides.
Dirty Dozen & Clean 15 Produce List
Since my budget does not allow me to buy everything organic, I simply pick-and-choose, trying to make the best choices for me and my family. By choosing only fruits or veggies from the Clean 15 list, rather than from the Dirty Dozen list, I can lower my family’s intake of pesticides by up to 92%. Now that’s great news to me!
EWG recommends that you choose organic when buying items from the dirty dozen list whenever possible. And I do so as much as I possibly can. Though I use a fruit and vegetable wash no matter if I buy, organic or not. This cleans any dirt and/or wax off of the produce quite well.
As far as the wash removing pesticides; it may remove some residue from the outside of the fruit/vegetable, but remember that they were sprayed/dusted multiple times throughout their growth so there is no getting rid of any pesticides within them. You can buy a veggie wash at your local market or make your own.
Homemade Veggie Wash
- 1 Tbsp. Fresh Organic Lemon Juice
- 2 Tbsp. White Vinegar
- 1 cup Filtered Water
Mix together in a spray bottle. Spray on your fruits and vegetables and scrub/rinse.