This is the updated Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen list for 2013. EWG analyzed pesticide residue testing data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration to come up with rankings for these popular fresh produce items.
The Clean Fifteen is a list of foods that have the lowest trace pesticides found in them. These foods are safe to eat even if they are non-organic. The only thing to be worried about here is the corn, and if you eat corn, try to buy organic non-GMO corn. It is safe to buy corn grown in Saudi Arabia because there is GMO ban in place. However, do so at your own risk as some farmers may grow GMOs corn.
The Dirty Dozen is a list of foods that have high amounts of trace pesticides. Where possible, you should always buy these organically. You can also soak these in vinegar to remove some of the pesticides and also peel them before you eat them. This should reduce some of the pesticides you intake, but again try to buy organically or just eat occasionally.
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