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Dirty Dozen Food List


The 2023 Dirty Dozen Food List: Strawberries, spinach, nectarines, and more top the pesticide residue chart. Stay informed on potential health impacts and consider choosing organic.
Dirty Dozen Food List

The 2023 Dirty Dozen Food List


"According to the EWG, (The Environmental Working Group) the following conventional fruits and vegetables have the highest levels of pesticide residues:


1. Strawberries: Conventional strawberries consistently top the Dirty Dozen list. In 2018, the EWG found that one-third of all strawberry samples contained ten or more pesticide residues.

2. Spinach: 97% of spinach samples contained pesticide residues, including permethrin, a neurotoxic insecticide that is highly toxic to animals.

3. Nectarines: The EWG detected residues in nearly 94% of nectarine samples, with one sample containing over 15 different pesticide residues.

4. Kale, collard, and mustard greens

5. Peaches

6. Pears

7. Apples

8. Grapes

9. Bell and hot peppers

10. Cherries

11. Blueberries

12. Green beans


In addition to the traditional Dirty Dozen, EWG releases a Dirty Dozen Plus list that contains 36 more fruits and vegetables that have high levels of pesticide residues, including hot peppers, cherry tomatoes, snap peas and blueberries.


Basically anything that isn’t organic is toxic?????


NOTE: There are conflicting opinions about the safety of pesticide use in produce.

Though the pesticides used on crops are tightly regulated and kept well below harmful limits, there is concern over how repeated exposure to these substances affects health.

Several studies have linked pesticide exposure to negative health effects, such as respiratory problems, reproductive issues, endocrine system disruption, neurological damage, and increased risk of certain cancers.


This information is straight off the health line website and is public knowledge. And just like most health information, if we don’t search for it, we don’t know.


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