Health and Cooking

The Dirty Dozen: Pesticide Exposure

I found this list in the latest American Council on Exercise Journal and wanted to share it with you. It is the top 12 fruits and vegetables that are considered the “dirtiest” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Frankly, I’m a bit bummed by it. I love most of the things on here. Therefore, the advice I offer: grow it yourself or go organic.


1. Apples

2. Celery

3. Strawberries

4. Peaches

5. Spinach

6. Nectarines (imported)

7. Grapes (imported)

8. Sweet bell peppers

9. Potatoes

10. Blueberries (domestic)

11. Lettuce

12. Kale/collard greens


But wait! Did not think I’d leave you without good news, did you? Here are 15 of the cleanest fruits and vegetables, called the “2011 Clean 15):


1. Onions

2. Sweet corn

3. Pineapples

4. Avocados

5. Asparagus

6. Sweet peas

7. Mangoes

8. Eggplant

9. Cantaloupe (domestic)

10. Kiwi

11. Cabbage

12. Watermelon

13. Sweet potatoes

14. Grapefruit

15. Mushrooms


Check out the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Shopper’s Guide, a free PDF download available at A iPhone app is reported by ACE to be available soon. Happy shopping!


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