Source: Public Broadcasting Station, http://www.pbs.org
In a perfect world, the bounty at my local’s farmer’s market would be my sole source of produce. Since I have not yet figured out how to accomplish this, I adhere to the lists below when buying fruits and veggies in the grocery store. You’ve probably already gathered that the “dirty dozen” list includes fruits and veggies that should be purchased in the organic aisle, while you’re OK to cut corners on the “clean 15.” Given my ability to lose my marbles when walking through our sensory-overloaded grocery aisles, I keep a copy of these lists in my purse for reference. As mentioned in PBS’s “The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 Produce,” the full list from the Environmental Working Group’s website contains 49 types of produce, rated on a scale of least to most pesticide residue. Head to www.foodnews.org to check out this comprehensive publication.
The Dirty Dozen
sweet bell peppers
spinach, kale and collard greens
The Clean 15