The Dirty Dozen

This is the 2011 list of the fruits and vegetables that were found to contain the highest levels of pesticides. 
  1. APPLES – always make the list, have been found with up to 40 different pesticides- organic is best with all apple foods (juice, apple sauce,…)

  2. CELERY – more that 60 different pesticides have been detected

  3. STRAWBERRIES – always on the list, frozen contains smaller amounts of pesticides

  4. PEACHES

  5. SPINACH

  6. NECTARINES – imported nectarines test to have much higher amounts of pesticides

  7. GRAPES – especially imported – including raisins

  8. SWEET BELL PEPPERS – all colors

  9. POTATOES – over 35 different pesticides have been found by the USDA- sweet potatoes are a great alternative with far less

  10. BLUEBERRIES – even when they don’t make the list, cranberries and cherries are also high in pesticides

  11. LETTUS – including spinach

  12. KALE and COLLARD GREENS  – just in the last 2 years has made the list with a rise in pesticides


Other foods that need to be organic:

  • FATTY MEAT
  • MILK
  • COFFEE
  • WINE


Now, the GOOD NEWS:  There are lots of CLEAN foods free from pesticides that you don’t need to go organic with!

  • Watermelon
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Cantaloupe – domestic
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Avocado
  • Onions 
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Sweet Corn
  • Sweet Peas
  • Asparagus
  • Eggplant
  • Cabbage
  • Mushrooms

Foods like Avocado have a wonderful protective skin.  
This will keep chemicals from getting into the food.
I always wash the outside of the avocado, for example, before cutting into it so I don’t drag any chemical that might be on the outside of the skin into the food.
Read more HERE.
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