The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released an update of its annual Dirty and Clean 15 list.
According to their methodology, these lists show the highest and lowest pesticide product residues. This report looks similar to last year’s guideline.
Strawberry claims to be the unfortunate first place, and spinach and nectarine are not enough.
Here’s the 2018 Dirty Dozen:
- Sweet Bell Peppers
Many of these fruits and vegetables may be your favorite, and the end of the week will end on your family’s shopping list and dinner table.
As a parent, I found this information disturbing. I certainly do not want to feed my son with a pesticide-containing smoothie or salad.
But as a health professional, I know how to put this information in perspective and I hope to help you do that.
WHAT THE ‘DIRTY DOZEN’ TELLS YOU
The EWG analyzed data on fruits and vegetables to quantify the chemical residues of pesticides and noted the average number of pesticides found in a single sample and the maximum number of pesticides detected.
Their analysis is not intended to provide specific information about chemical substances or dosages.
This means that the purpose of the results is not to provide information on the level of discovery, nor is it to provide the importance of exposure.
The Shopper’s Guide is designed to provide recommendations so that consumers who wish to limit exposure to pesticides may choose to score lower grades (its Clean List 15), or replace organic foods with those listed in Dirty Twelve.
Although the EWG raised key findings and concerns about pesticides, they also stated that conventionally grown agricultural products are far better than skipping fruits and vegetables. For more on this, let us first talk about organic farming practices.
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