Play­ing Dirty

Natural Solutions - - Food Matters -

very year, the En­vi­ron­men­tal Work­ing Group (EWG) puts to­gether a list— the “Dirty Dozen”—of pro­duce most heav­ily af­fected by chem­i­cal and pes­ti­cide use dur­ing the grow­ing process. Ac­cord­ing to re­search per­formed by the EWG and the US De­part­ment of Agriculture, the ap­ple tops the list as the most con­tam­i­nated plant mar­keted for con­sumers, with 99 per­cent of sam­ples test­ing pos­i­tive for at least one pes­ti­cide.

Be­cause some stud­ies have in­di­cated that ex­ces­sive pes­ti­cide in­take via our di­ets may lead to health is­sues down the road, the EWG sug­gests buy­ing or­ganic pro­duce as of­ten as pos­si­ble—es­pe­cially those fruits and veg­gies that are part of the Dirty Dozen. Con­versely, the EWG also high­lights a list of foods that are least likely to hold on to residues from pes­ti­cides. Start­ing from most con­tam­i­nated to least, these are the EWG’s “dirt­i­est” 12 for 2015.

1. Ap­ples 2. Peaches 3. Nec­tarines 4. Straw­ber­ries 5. Grapes 6. Cel­ery 7. Spinach 8. Sweet Bell Pep­pers 9. Cu­cum­bers 10. Cherry Toma­toes 11. Snap Peas (im­ported) 12. Pota­toes Here are the “Clean Fif­teen” ti­tle-hold­ers for 2015.

1. Av­o­ca­dos 2. Sweet Corn 3. Pineap­ples 4. Cab­bage 5. Sweet Peas (frozen) 6. Onions 7. Asparagus 8. Man­goes 9. Pa­payas 10. Kiwi 11. Egg­plant 12. Grape­fruit 13. Can­taloupe 14. Cau­li­flower 15. Sweet Pota­toes

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