The Clean 15
Each year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) analyzes the pesticide residue data from the US Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration. The EWG creates a ranking of popular fresh produce using this data to help shoppers avoid consuming pesticides (toxins) with their produce. Pesticides are known to cause real health risks, including disruptions in the normal functioning of the nervous and endocrine systems as well as increased risk of cancer.
When you choose to buy organic produce you avoid the fruits and vegetables that are sprayed with pesticides. Unfortunately, organic produce is more expensive than conventionally grown, pesticide-sprayed produce. The good news? The EWG creates a list each year called The Clean 15, which is a list of the 15 lowest pesticide containing produce, to help you prioritize what fruits & veggies to buy organic. The lower amounts of pesticide residue mean that they are safer to buy conventional when shopping on a budget.
The EWG just recently released their 2017 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce list. The purpose of the Clean 15 list is to help you save money by identifying which produce contains the lowest amounts of pesticide residue, therefore making them safer to buy conventional rather than organic.
Wondering how you will remember which 15 items are on the list? I’m so glad you asked! The Singing Nutrition Coach is back with another tune you can hum to while shopping! Check out this fun video and you’ll have the list memorized in no time!
The 2017 Clean 15:
1. Sweet Corn 8. Asparagus
2. Avocados 9. Mangoes
3. Pineapples 10. Eggplant
4. Cabbage 11. Honeydew
5. Onions 12. Kiwi
6. Sweet Peas 13. Cantaloupe
7. Papayas 14. Cauliflower
Get your EWG 2017 Shopper’s Guide here!
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References: The Environmental Working Group
Disclaimer: The information within this blog post and video are not to be considered a substitution for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.