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The Dirty Dozen: Fruits and Vegetables with the Highest Pesticide Residues
Eating the rainbow of fruits and vegetables is one of the best ways to stay healthy and fight disease. But determining whether to buy organic or conventional produce can be daunting, and often comes down to budget. Fortunately, each year, the Environmental Working Group publishes a list of fruits and vegetables with the highest (the Dirty Dozen) and lowest (the Clean 15) pesticide content. If budget is a concern, shop organic when buying any produce listed in the Dirty Dozen or select produce that’s listed in the Clean 15 in order to minimize your exposure to pesticides.
The 2017 Dirty Dozen (ranked from highest to lowest level of pesticide residue):
The 2017 Clean 15 (ranked from lowest to highest level of pesticide residue):