Clean Eating for Busy Moms; Dirty Dozen/Clean 15
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases shopping lists each year that detail the safety of produce. The Dirty Dozen are the 12 fruits and vegetables that are more susceptible to pesticides even after they are washed. The Clean 15 are fruits and vegetables that have little to no trace evidence of pesticides and are much safer to eat. The EWG recommends buying organic if you are buying from the Dirty Dozen list in order to ensure that there are no harmful chemicals on your produce. Become a savvy shopper with the information below to keep you and your family safe.
(picture from foodnews.org)
Now, THIS is really scary!
Key Findings of the 2017 Dirty Dozen Report
- More than 98 percent of samples of strawberries, spinach, peaches, nectarines, cherries and apples tested positive for residue of at least one pesticide.
- A single sample of strawberries showed 20 different pesticides.
- Spinach samples had, on average, twice as much pesticide residue by weight than any other crop.
- Avocados and sweet corn were the cleanest: only 1 percent of samples showed any detectable pesticides.
- More than 80 percent of pineapples, papayas, asparagus, onions and cabbage had no pesticide residues. (Note: Some papayas are GMOs. Choose organic to avoid that.)
- No single fruit sample from the Clean Fifteen tested positive for more than four types of pesticides.
I don’t know about you, but I take this very seriously and chose to select Organics for my family as often as possible.
I hope you all find this information as useful as I have!
-blog sources: Dr. Oz, foodmatters.com, Dr. AXE