Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Dirtiest and Cleanest Fruits and Vegetables of 2012

By:  Tara Fuller

An apple a day will keep the doctor away or so the saying goes, but will it?  According to Environmental Working Group (EWG) list of 2012s dirtiest and cleanest fruits and vegetables, that apple better be organic or it may be what sends you to the doctor. Apples topped this year's dirty list with 98 percent of them testing positive for pesticides followed by celery and bell peppers. But it's not all bad, onions, sweet corn and pineapple ranked the cleanest of popular produce tested, meaning they had the least pesticide exposure of fruits and vegetables analyzed, therefore are the safest of conventional produce.

Each year, EWG analyzes pesticide residue testing data from the US Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration to come up with rankings for popular fresh produce items. Their mission isn't to put fear in consumers but rather provide them "the power of information."  Buying organic is expensive and not feasible for all, so having a personal pocket-sized list on hand when shopping provides consumers the power to make the best produce decisions for them, their families and pocketbooks.  

EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides

This year's shopper's guide is different from previous years as it has been expanded to include green beans, kale and collard greens as they contain organophosphate insecticides. With so many people juicing and clean eating nowadays, knowing what's in your food is of even greater concern.

EWG believes that by purchasing the most contaminated fruits and vegetables organically a person will significantly lower their pesticide intake. So although it is probably best to always buy organic for our taste buds, body and environment, it's not always financially possible, so print your list now so the next time you are faced with a produce dilemma you have the power to make the best decision for you.  

With so much corn controversy going around, I wonder what many of you think of it making the 15 cleanest foods list?

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