Is Your Produce Out to Get You?
April 10, 2018
By Chiro One Wellness Centers
The Dirty Dozen
Enter—the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and their “Dirty Dozen” list. This nonprofit group discovered which fruits and vegetables contain the
highest—and lowest—pesticide levels through research involving over 100,000 pesticide reports from the USDA and the FDA. These pesticide
levels are tested after the produce has been power washed by the USDA. The EWG thinks the soft skin of these tasty fruits and veggies allows them to
absorb more pesticides than other produce. Their recommendation is to always buy organic when it comes to the Dirty Dozen.
The Clean 15
Thankfully the EWG also has a list of non-organic produce that contain little to no pesticides! Notice that many of these foods have a rind, tough skin
or some sort of barrier—blocking out some of the pesticide absorption. If you want to be completely safe and can afford it, buy all of your produce
organic. For many people, that just might not be realistic, so instead, commit to buying organic for the Dirty Dozen and thoroughly washing your produce.
How to Wash Your Produce
Whether Clean 15 or Dirty Dozen, it’s imperative that you always wash your produce, eliminating surface pesticides, germs and bacteria. For a simple, all
natural way to wash your produce, you’ll need white vinegar, water and a spray bottle or bowl. For hard-skinned fruits and veggies (like the Clean
15), pour equal parts of vinegar and water into a spray bottle; spray the produce, rub it in and then rinse. For soft-skinned produce (like the Dirty
Dozen), mix equal parts vinegar and water in a bowl; soak the fruits and veggies for one to two minutes and rinse.