Dirty Dozen List Updates

The latest updates to the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list revealed new changes in the amount of pesticide residue on supermarket fruits and vegetables. This year, pears are new to the list and spinach made a significant jump from last year (in 2016, it ranked eighth).
For the second year in a row, strawberries have topped the Dirty Dozen ranking and “contained an average of 7.7 different pesticides per sample, compared to 2.3 pesticides per sample for all other produce,” the EWG reports.


The following foods round out the 2017 Dirty Dozen list:
  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectarines
  4. Apples
  5. Peaches
  6. Pears
  7. Cherries
  8. Grapes
  9. Celery
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Sweet bell peppers
  12. Potatoes
  13. Hot pepper (tied with potatoes)
Get the full Environmental Working Group list of 48 produce items ranked from worst to best here.

Article adapted from Rodale Wellness.

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