2013 Clean 15

It’s that time of year again. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has updated its clean and dirty produce lists to reflect the changes in agriculture for 2013. This is the list known as the Clean 15, with the products with the lowest amounts of pesticides and other chemical contaminants on average.

2013 clean 15 list of produce
The new leader of the Clean 15 list, asparagus!

The lists change because practices vary each year, due to new products and weather variations. Onions have been knocked from the top spot and there are several other change-ups to notice. Take a peek at the 2012 Clean 15 to see the differences.

That’s not to say that these products are truly “clean” but they are the least contaminated of the fresh produce items found on the market. If you are shopping for organic items, these are the foods you can possibly skip and stay with the conventional versions to save a little money.

  1. Asparagus
  2. Avocados
  3. Cabbage
  4. Cantaloupe
  5. Sweet corn (non-GMO)
  6. Eggplant
  7. Grapefruit
  8. Kiwi
  9. Mangoes
  10. Mushrooms
  11. Onions
  12. Papayas
  13. Pineapples
  14. Sweet peas (frozen)
  15. Sweet potatoes

And to see the other side of the coin, take a look at the 2013 Dirty Dozen list to see which items had the most toxins.


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