The 2015 List of the 12 Fruits and Vegetables with the Most Pesticides

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The Environmental Working Group recently released the 2015 list of the 12 fruits and vegetables with high concentrations of pesticides, also known as the EWG’s Dirty Dozen™. As always, it is recommended to buy organic produce whenever possible. However, with the lists below, you are able to make the best educated decisions.

The 2015 fruits and veggies with the MOST pesticides:

  1. Apples
  2. Peaches
  3. Nectarines
  4. Strawberries
  5. Grapes
  6. Celery
  7. Spinach
  8. Sweet bell peppers
  9. Cucumbers
  10. Cherry tomatoes
  11. Imported Snap peas
  12. Potatoes

Each of the above foods contained a higher level of pesticides when compared to other produce. In addition, the EWG added a few items to the list and created the Dirty Dozen PLUS. These additional items are leafy greens/kale and hot peppers.

The EWG also releases an annual report of the 15 produce items that contain the least amount of pesticides, known as EWG’s Clean Fifteen™.

The 2015 fruits and veggies with the LEAST pesticides:

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Frozen Sweet peas
  6. Onions
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangos
  9. Papayas
  10. Kiwi
  11. Eggplant
  12. Grapefruit
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Sweet potatoes

Learn more about the report on the Environmental Working Agency website.

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