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I’d love it if you (and I!) could buy all of our produce from local farms and farmers markets..

Fruits and vegetables that are grown organically are not only better for your bod, they’re also better for the planet. But it’s not always easy, or affordable, to buy organics all of the time. So, when does it matter most?

Each year, the Environment Working Group releases a list of the foods most susceptible to pesticide contamination.

Here’s this year’s Dirty Dozen:

  1. Celery
  2. Peaches
  3. Strawberries
  4. Apples
  5. Blueberries
  6. Nectarines
  7. Bell Peppers
  8. Spinach
  9. Cherries
  10. Kale/collard Greens
  11. Potatoes
  12. Imported Grapes.

The EWG also notes which foods have the least pesticide contamination.

Here’s this year’s Clean 15:

  1. Onions
  2. Avocado
  3. Sweet Corn
  4. Pineapple
  5. Mangoes
  6. Sweet Peas
  7. Asparagus
  8. Kiwi
  9. Cabbage
  10. Eggplant
  11. Cantaloupe
  12. Watermelon
  13. Grapefruit
  14. Sweet Potato
  15. Honeydew Melon

For more on the research and a printable shopper’s guide, visit The Environmental Working Group.

About Lisa McRee

After 25 years as a local and network anchor, Lisa was just another American mother struggling, and failing, to lose weight. Finally, she cracked the code, and lost 30 pounds, quickly and for good, by doing what she loves: reporting, cooking and eating! The Skinny is the inside story on how she did it, and how you can, too!
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