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The Environmental Working Group just released their 2016 dirty dozen clean 15 list. The dirty dozen are the ‘dirtiest’ fruits and vegetables – those with the highest concentrations of pesticides. These are the foods that you want to buy organic.

Apples fell from the number one spot this year after several years and were replaced by strawberries. According to the EWG, samples of strawberries showed 17 different pesticides. [gross.]

The Dirty Dozen

  1. Strawberries
  2. Apples
  3. Nectarines
  4. Peaches
  5. Celery
  6. Grapes
  7. Cherries
  8. Spinach
  9. Tomatoes
  10. Sweet bell peppers
  11. Cherry tomatoes
  12. Cucumbers

They also added hot peppers and kale/collard greens to create The Dirty Dozen Plus list. The peppers and greens didn’t meet the dirty dozen standards but did show trace levels of hazardous pesticides.

The Clean 15

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Frozen sweet peas
  6. Onions
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangoes
  9. Papayas
  10. Kiwis
  11. Eggplant
  12. Honeydew melon
  13. Grapefruit
  14. Cantaloupe
  15. Cauliflower