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We're guessing that you don't always rinse off your apple before biting off a chunk. (Neither do we!) But after reading the Environmental Working Group's annual Shopper's Guide to Pesticides, you might think twice before taking that bite.
Every year, the EWG breaks down which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticides and which have the fewest. Their mission is to make food supply more transparent in order to help you decide when it's worth spending extra for organic produce.
For the fifth year in a row, apples have topped the "dirty" list, because of the chemicals applied to the crop before and after harvest to preserve them. And for the second consecutive year, avocados topped the "clean" list, with only 1% of samples showing any detectable pesticides. We'll take any excuse to eat more avocados.
So if it works within your budget, the EWG recommends buying organic whenever possible. And if it's just not doable right now, their guide can help you make more informed choices. The EWG recommends that you eat more fruits and vegetables — even if you're exposed to pesticides — but now you'll have a better strategy.
The dirty dozen and the clean 15 refer respectively to the fruits and vegetables that are the most and least contaminated by pesticide use, according to the Environmental Working Group.