The ‘Dirty Dozen’ is Now the Dirty 14

By Dana Shultz for Diets in Review

There’s a common rule in the produce world: If it has a skin or is commonly eaten without peeling, you should probably opt for organic to avoid pesticides.

But thanks to the Environmental Working Group’s annual “Dirty Dozen” report, we have a much clearer picture of what those 12 dirty items are. However, this year, the report included two additions, which brings the list to 14 – or as we like to say “The Dirty Bakers Dozen + One.”

The annual report, as reported by CNN, is based on pesticide residue data that’s collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration. The samples were tested as they would normally be eaten – either washed or peeled.

Here’s the rundown on the new “Dirty Dozen,” plus two:

1. Apples
2. Celery
3. Sweet Bell Peppers
4. Peaches
5. Strawberries
6. Imported nectarines
7. Grapes
8. Spinach
9. Lettuce
10. Cucumbers
11. Domestic blueberries
12. Potatoes
13. Green Beans
14. Kale/collard greens

As well as the updated “Clean 15″:

1. Onions
2. Sweet Corn
3. Pineapples
4. Avocado
5. Cabbage
6. Sweet peas
7. Asparagus
8. Mangoes
9. Eggplant
10. Kiwi
11. Domestic cantaloupe
12. Sweet potatoes
13. Grapefruit
15. Mushrooms

It’s important to pay attention to these updated lists as pesticide consumption can be extremely hazardous to a person’s health. According to a study from the Harvard School of Public Health, toxins can be connected to many diseases, including but not limited to cancer. And other studies have suggested that pesticide consumption can cause neurological developmental problems in infants.

So buy organic when shopping for items on the “Dirty 14″ whenever possible, as well as the “Clean 15″ as you can never be too safe. And for tips on how to go organic more affordably, check out this organic guide that includes tips on organic gardening and finding farmers markets and local co-ops.

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Marija M3 months ago

tks for sharing

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Liling O4 years ago

`But no matter how dirty are the new Dirty dozen, theses are the many that are among our daily favourite veggies/ fruits intake.
It is irresistible,and overall they are full of nutrients!

Liling O4 years ago

Thank you so much for sharing.

Julie F.
Julie F4 years ago

Thanks so much.

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Sonia M4 years ago

Very helpful,thanks for sharing

John B.
John B4 years ago

Thanks Brandi for sharing the reminders.