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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):

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectarines
  4. Apples
  5. Peaches
  6. Pears
  7. Cherries
  8. Grapes
  9. Celery
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Sweet bell peppers
  12. Potatoes

The 2017 Clean 15 (ranked from lowest to highest level of pesticide residue):

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