Well the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen list for 2012 has been released.
This is a list of produce items that tend to have the highest levels of pesticide residue (even after being washed and peeled). So if you are interested in organics, these products are the ones that you want to focus on (in order of importance):
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Blueberries (domestic)
And two others to watch out for:
- Green Beans
Conversely, there is also a “Clean Fifteen” list which includes the items that have the lowest amount of pesticide residue. So it isn’t as important to get those products in organic.
The Clean Fifteen for 2012 include:
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet peas
- Sweet Potatoes
So really this list is pretty similar to what we saw last year. You can get a little downloadable card to print here. If you save that file, you can send it off to places like Staples and get a nice color copy made for about $.50. I usually laminate these and keep it in with my grocery store tote bags. A store like Staples can also laminate if you don’t have a machine at home.
We buy organic as often as possible in our household, especially since stores like Sunflower Market, Sprouts and even Costco are making these items more and more affordable. The important thing to remember though is that any fresh produce is better then no fresh produce.
Here is a quick tip:
If you can’t find organic spinach, it can be better to purchase frozen spinach. The washing and blanching before freezing helps to remove a good portion of the pesticides. (Who knew?!)
(Source: Dr Oz)