This just in: the Environmental Working Group has released their 2012 Shopper’s Guide focusing on all the little creepy-crawlies in our produce. Namely, pesticides.
Wanna know the best, worst, and just so-so types of produce to buy? EWG has lists breaking it down to make it easier to navigate through aisles of endless and confusing organic labels.
Here are a few teasers:
- The best of the “Clean 15” (meaning the cleanest produce to buy, and one you might not have to buy organic out of necessity) are onions, sweet corn and pineapples.
- The Dirty Dozen losers? Apples, celery and bell peppers. Make sure you check those labels and buy organic for these items!
- The most contaminated fruits, in alphabetical order, are apples, domestic blueberries, grapes, imported nectarines, peaches and strawberries.
- The most contaminated vegetables are bell peppers, celery, cucumbers, lettuce, potatoes and spinach.
- Grapes had 15 pesticides detected on a single sample. Blueberries and strawberries both had 13 different pesticides detected on a single sample.
- As a category, grapes have more types of pesticides than any other produce, with 64 different pesticides.
- A single bell pepper sample was contaminated with 15 different pesticides, followed by a single sample of celery with 13.
Image Credit: www.ewg.org