Produce Wars: The Dirty Dozen Vs. The Clean 15 | KCUR

Produce Wars: The Dirty Dozen Vs. The Clean 15

Aug 4, 2013

"Organic" has been the buzzword in produce for years, but not everyone has the budget to buy only fruit and vegetables with that certification.

The Clean 15 are the least pesticide-contaminated fruits and vegetables.
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In the second part of Monday's Up to Date, we look at two lists published by the Environmental Working Group, based on research conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. 

The Dirty Dozen are the fruits and vegetables that are most likely to retain pesticides.
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These lists are the Clean 15, a list of the fruits and vegetables least contaminated by pesticides, and the Dirty Dozen, which are on the opposite end of the scale.

The Clean 15

  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupe
  • Sweet corn
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Mangos
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Papayas
  • Pineapples
  • Sweet peas (frozen)
  • Sweet potatoes

The Dirty Dozen

  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapes
  • Hot peppers
  • Nectarines (imported)
  • Peaches
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet bell peppers