The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle guide GOOP recently highlighted some interesting information published by the US based Environment Working Group. They’ve created a ‘Guide to Organics’ which lists the fruit and vegetables most impacted by chemicals and pesticides and those which are least impacted. As a general rule, the EWG passes on the logical advice, that the fruits and vegetables of which you’d eat the skin are of higher risk and those which are particularly permeable.

‘The Dirty Dozen Plus’, the produce they tell us which are impacted by the use of fertilizers and pesticides, are listed below. Switching to organic produce and spending a little more when buying the items on this list is advised by the EWG. Courgette, Summer squash, Collards greens and kale are said to be particularly affected.

The list:

Apples

Celery

Cherries

Chilli Peppers

Collard Greens and Kale

Courgette

Cucumbers

Grapes

Nectarines

Peaches

Peppers

Potatoes

Spinach

Strawberries

Summer Squash

‘The Clean Fifteen’ absorb minimum amounts of fertilizer and pesticides so there’s less of a discrepancy between organic and conventional produce.

The list:

Asparagus

Aubergines

Avocados

Cabbage

Corn

Grapefruit

Kiwi

Mangoes

Mushrooms

Melons

Onions

Papayas

Peas

Pineapple

Sweet Potatoes

More information can be seen here.

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