What are the Clean 15 and the Dirty Dozen?

The top 15 foods with the least pesticides are called the Clean 15, while the 12 foods with the most pesticides are called the Dirty Dozen. These lists are fantastic to take with you on your shopping trips to know when to buy organic and when it’s ok to buy conventional.

What is the Clean 15 food list?

Clean Fifteen™ EWG’s 2022 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™

  • Avocados.
  • Sweet corn*
  • Pineapple.
  • Onions.
  • Papaya*
  • Sweet peas (frozen)
  • Asparagus.
  • Honeydew melon.

Are potatoes on the Clean 15?

Functional Nutrition Training. Along with mangoes and watermelon, sweet potatoes were the third addition to the Clean 15 this year, and the only vegetable at that.

Do avocados need to be organic?

#3: Avocados Avocados are another piece of produce that do not warrant the organic label. Avocados have a naturally protective peel that keeps the fruit inside safe from toxins in the air.

Should blueberries be organic?

They can carry a surprising amount of pesticides. Strawberries, the biggest offender, top the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen—a list of fruits and vegetables ranked by pesticide content after a vigorous wash. Blueberries and raspberries fare better, but you should still go organic with those when you can.

Does rinsing blueberries remove pesticides?

Drain the blueberries in a colander and rinse them under cool running water for at least 30 seconds while using the friction of your fingertips to clear away any pesticide residue.

Do banana peels have pesticides?

Most banana peels contain some pesticide residue. Pesticides are chemicals farmers and growers use to kill insects and other pests. However, the United States Department of Agriculture sets pesticide limits for safety and most fruits do not exceed these limits.

What fruits and vegetables are in the Dirty Dozen?


  • sweet corn
  • pineapples
  • sweet peas (frozen)
  • onions
  • papayas
  • eggplants
  • asparagus
  • kiwis
  • cabbages
  • What are the 12 Dirty Dozen foods?

    Strawberries. Your go-to post-dinner snack just happens to be the prime host for potentially toxic insecticides.

  • Spinach.
  • Kale.
  • Nectarines.
  • Apples.
  • Grapes.
  • Peaches.
  • Cherries.
  • Pears.
  • Tomatoes.
  • Are sweet potatoes on the Dirty Dozen?

    Potatoes happen to be “Dirty Dozen” members, while sweet potatoes are members of the “Clean Fifteen” group. Yams didn’t even make the list. Certainly “Food for Thought”!

    What is the Dirty Dozen list?

    Percent of samples tested with detectable pesticides

  • Percent of samples with two or more detectable pesticides
  • Average number of pesticides found on a single sample
  • Average amount of pesticides found,measured in parts per million
  • Maximum number of pesticides found on a single sample
  • Total number of pesticides found on the crop