How To Begin a Non-Toxic New Year: The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15
I understand that buying organic does not always fit in our budgets. Whether or not your produce is organic or conventional, it is important to remember that it is better to incorporate those foods into every meal. It is known, however, that certain kinds of produce are more susceptible in absorbing pesticides and chemicals than others. Why? Because items like pineapple and avocados have an outer layer (their tough skin) that protects the insides. Berries and produce with porous skin, like nectarines, do not have that luxury. Certain types of organic produce can reduce the amount of toxins you consume on a daily basis by up to 80%.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) put together two lists “The Dirty Dozen” and “The Clean 15” to inform consumers which produce you should opt to purchase organic and when it is not necessary. The list that involved “The Dirty Dozen”, when conventionally grown, tested positive for 47 different chemicals while some tested positive for at least 67. This was after the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) used high-power pressure water system to wash the produce - and they still came out with that many pesticides!
It is not realistic to think that you can wash off all pesticides but it is important to wash your produce regardless as it reduces the amount of pesticide exposure.
Read here on how EWG.org works! (it’s a life saver! Literally).