The Environmental Working Group, in addition to putting out a list of produce to avoid, has also released a “Clean Fifteen” list of fruits and vegetables that are relatively unlikely to be contaminated by pesticides. The EWG found that 90% of the samples from corn , pineapple and onions contained no pesticides at all. And very few samples of any of the others mentioned on the list showed more than one kind of pesticide.
Many of the fruits and vegetables listed under the Clean Fifteen have protective coverings that protect the edible interior from pests naturally. The coverings also help keep any pesticides that are used off the part of the plant you eat.
We know organic can sometimes be costly but may want to consider buying organic or growing your own if they are listed under “The Dirty Dozen”
Here’s the full list of the most pesticide-free fruits and vegetables in non-organic form:
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet Peas (Frozen)
- Cantaloupe (Domestic)
- Sweet Potatoes
The Dirty Dozen- Did you know that Apples are the most pesticide contaminated out of all the fruits and vegetables? So you may not buy organic because of it’s price, but you may want to consider it when you’re at least buying apples. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) shows their “Shoppers Guide to Pesticides” report. This includes The Dirty Dozen, a list of the fruits and vegetables likely to contain the highest amounts of pesticide residue. Take a look at the ones that ranked to be the top 12.
- Cherry tomatoes
- Hot peppers
- Nectarines (imported)
- Sweet bell peppers