The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen Infographic

Beware of pesticides. (Image: CGPGrey.com/Flickr)
Beware of pesticides. (Image: CGPGrey.com/Flickr)

Parents always tell their kids to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables because they are good for them, but there is one factor that a lot of people neglect—these food items may have pesticide residues that can negatively affect your health in the long term. And if you are a parent and your children eat a lot of apples or strawberries, the stakes get higher because the effects on them are much worse, since their immune systems are still developing, and their bodies are rapidly growing.

If you want to limit pesticide exposure from food, then you’ll need to know which foods have the most and least amounts of residue in them. The Environmental Working Group was established because of this need, and publishes a list called the “Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen”, which ranks 51 different vegetables and fruits based on pesticide residues.

The infographic below is a graphic representation of what you’ll see in the EWG website. There are also other pieces of information that get highlighted there. Here’s one:

Did you know that only 1 percent of avocados showed any detectable pesticides?

You’ll find all of those tidbits in the infographic.

Should I buy everything organic, then? No, since organic is very costly, you can opt to go organic for the items listed in the dirty dozen. The rest, just go conventional to save on cost. To save further on organic foods, I’ve listed 5 places where you can buy discounted organic produce on the bottom part of the infographic. To save even more, buy your produce in season, or grow your own organic food—it’s easier than you think.

(Image: JuicingWithG.com)

(Image: JuicingWithG.com)

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