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The dirty dozen

The dirty dozen

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As I am reading more and more (again) about healthy living and eating, I am surprised and shocked how much of our food is contaminated by all kinds of pesticides, preservatives and other chemical processes.

No wonder our bodies don’t know what to do anymore with the foods we are eating. In my readings i came across the Dirty Dozen & Clean 15 list that is being published every year by the EWG (Environmental Working Group) and lists produce that are most and least contaminated with pesticides.

Here is the 2013 list as published by EWG: EWG’S SHOPPERS GUIDE TO PESTICIDES IN PRODUCE

Dirty Dozen:

APPLES
CELERY
CHERRY TOMATOES
CUCUMBERS
GRAPES
HOT PEPPERS
NECTARINES (IMPORTED)
PEACHES
POTATOES
SPINACH
STRAWBERRIES
SWEET BELL PEPPERS

Clean 15:

ASPARAGUS
AVOCADO
CABBAGE
CANTALOUPE
CORN
EGGPLANT
GRAPEFRUIT
KIWI
MANGOS
MUSHROOMS
ONIONS
PAPAYAS
PINEAPPLES
SWEET PEAS (FROZEN)
SWEET POTATOES

Print out the EWG’S SHOPPERS GUIDE TO PESTICIDES IN PRODUCE before your next trip to the store or market!