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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Shop safer and smarter with the Clean 15

PAPAYA BREAKFAST HAWAII WM LRMany of us are familiar with the EWG’s Dirty Dozen, a list of fruits and veggies that the Environmental Working Group ( EWG ) has compiled that shows high levels of pesticides.  But there is great news they have also created a list of fruits and veggies that generally has lowest incidents of pesticides called the Clean 15.  This list shows consumers that choosing these types of foods over the dirty dozen as well as choosing organically grown fruits and veggies can help families eat cleaner! Below is a list of fruits and veggies that are a good buy if you can’t afford, or don’t want to buy organic.
Clean 15
Papaya is my new fave-fruit
Papaya is my new fave-fruit
  • Pineapple
  • Papayas
  • Cantaloupe
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Mangos
  • Mushrooms
  • Corn
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Sweet Peas
  • Onions
  • Cabbage
  • Avocado
  • Eggplant
  • Asparagus
With these fruits and veggies you can easily replace those that are on the dirty dozen lists.  If you’re unsure what is on the Dirty Dozen list, check it out below.
Dirty Dozen
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Imported Nectarines
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Celery
  • Spinach
  • Hot Peppers
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Cucumber
In addition to swapping out the Dirty Dozen items with the Clean 15 you can also choose organically grown foods.  There are much stricter regulations for organic foods, about what can be sprayed on organic produce and the levels of contamination allowed  in soil.
Swapping the clean 15 for the dirty dozen makes shopping on a budget for the healthiest foods at lot easier more and more affordable.
I’m so happy to find my new favorite fruit, papaya is on the clean 15 but really disappointed that our year round staple, apples were on the dirty dozen.
Were you surprised by which fruit and veg made the list?

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