Shop smarter and healthier by purchasing organic varieties of these 12 fruits and vegetables when possible.
The Dirty Dozen
When it comes to produce, there’s a dilemma that every grocery shopper faces: organic or conventional? The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment, crafts the annual “Dirty Dozen” list to show consumers the fruits and veggies they should buy organic when possible.
The group analyzed pesticide residue data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the FDA. Produce containing the highest amounts of residue, even after a thorough wash and peeling of the skin made the list.
Some scientists dispute EWG’s safety conclusions, and much of the research that link pesticides to health issues has focused on farm workers who are exposed to pesticides in higher doses than consumers. In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration, which regulates the pesticides used on food, considers fruit grown conventionally to be safe for human consumption.
But if you’re concerned about pesticides, EWG’s list is a good place to start. Read on to find out the “dirtiest” fruits and veggies out there.