The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen

The Dirty Dozen – It is so important to wash your fruit and vegetables in order to remove pesticide residues. The worst offenders are known as the ‘Dirty Dozen’. Here is a list of those offenders in order of pesticide residue frequency.

  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Spinach
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Snap peas
  • Potatoes

There have been two further additions to this list, which have been found to contain organophosphate insecticides, which are highly toxic to the nervous system. These are:

  • Hot peppers
  • Kale/collard greens

The Clean Fifteen – these are fruits and vegetables, which are least likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues.

  • Avocados
  • Sweet Corn
  • Pineapples
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet peas (frozen)
  • Onions
  • Asparagus
  • Mangos
  • Papayas
  • Kiwi
  • Aubergine
  • Grapefruit
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cauliflower
  • Sweet Potatoes

Where possible, I would always recommend eating organic, as not only will you avoid pesticide contamination, but also heavy metals, such as lead and mercury; exposure to these toxins can cause neurological problems and can also affect the nervous system, leading to illnesses such as Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer’s.

2017-11-22T11:35:39+00:00 November 22nd, 2017|

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