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Here is the list that they came up with for the "dirtiest" conventionally grown fruits and vegetables:
7) Bell Peppers
12) Imported Grapes
And the "cleanest" fruits and veggies (the ones with the smallest amounts of measurable pesticide residue):
3) Sweet Corn
6) Sweet Peas
14) Sweet Potato
15) Honeydew Melon
As you can see, a reoccurring theme in the cleanest veggies are ones that have a thick, hard skin that in inedible (think watermelon). Thus, the chemicals are not as present on the parts of the fruit that you are eating, because the skin protects the insides. In contrast, many of the "dirtiest" plants are ones that have a thin, edible skin like berries and grapes. Since they lack the protection of the thicker skin, and you are eating the whole fruit, they are more likely to have higher pesticide levels.
So the moral of the story is that if you are tight on budget (and who isn't these days?), but you are trying to eat in the healthiest and cleanest way possible, your dollar would be best served going towards a dirtier plant when you are choosing to buy organically, and you can save the money and buy conventionally when you are buying the "cleaner" plants.
For more information on the dirty dozen and clean 15, check out Food News Shoppers Guide
I'm reading this: Dirty Dozen Produce ListTweet this! Posted by Lauren on Monday, May 03, 2010
Topics environmental friendliness