CLEAN 15 Saves Your $ and Health!

Making healthy grocery shopping choices will score high on mom’s priority list. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well, it does if you’re making smart shopping choices. The apple happens to be number 4 on the Dirty Dozen list report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG for short). That means buy organic apples if you don’t want to eat pesticide residues. However, you can purchase less expensive produce that isn’t considered organically grown and avoid a whole host of nasty chemicals. EWG also has a list of the CLEAN 15! These are fruits and vegetables that are least likely to have pesticide residues. The CLEAN 15 list includes sweet corn, avocados, pineapples, cabbage, onions, frozen sweet peas, papayas, asparagus, mangoes, eggplant, honeydew melon, kiwis, cantaloupe, cauliflower and grapefruit. Consumers can rest easy with the clean list, but everyone should consider going the organic route with the Dirty Dozen produce list. EWG listed produce with the highest loads of pesticide residues. For 2017 in order, the list includes strawberries, spinach, nectarines, apples, peaches, celery, grapes, pears, cherries, tomatoes, sweet bell peppers and potatoes. All of these on the Dirty Dozen list tested positive for pesticide residues and contained higher amounts of pesticides than other produce.