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EWG SHOPPING GUIDE www.ewg.org

The Environmental Working Group, EWG, signature Dirty Dozen™ list of foods most commonly contaminated with pesticides. EWG's Clean Fifteen™ list shows foods least likely to be tainted with pesticides.

The most contaminated fruits are apples, strawberries, grapes, peaches and imported nectarines. The most contaminated vegetables are celery, spinach, sweet bell peppers, cucumbers, potatoes, cherry tomatoes and hot peppers.

WASHING NON-ORGANIC PRODUCE: If you must buy conventional Dirty Dozen produce, fill sink or large bowl with filtered water and let produce sit in one of the solutions below for 20 minutes, then rinse. Here are a few options to diminish the pesticides:
1. 1 Tablespoon lemon juice (natural disinfectant) with 2 Tablespoons baking soda (neutralizes pH)

2. ¼ cup vinegar (cleans and neutralizes ) with 2 Tablespoons salt (draws out dirt and insects)

3. 1 Tablespoon lemon juice with 2 Tablespoons vinegar

Dirty Dozen
ALWAYS BUY ORGANIC

Apples
Celery
Cherry tomatoes
Cucumbers
Grapes
Hot peppers
Nectarines - imported
Peaches
Potatoes
Spinach
Strawberries
Sweet bell peppers
Kale / collard greens
Summer squash

Clean Fifteen - Buy Conventional
Asparagus
Avocados
Cabbage
Cantaloupe
Sweet Corn
Eggplant
Grapefruit
Kiwi
Mangos
Mushrooms
Onions
Papayas
Pineapples
Sweet peas - frozen
Sweet potatoes

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