Every year, the Environmental Working Group releases lists of produce with the least and most amounts of pesticide residue. These are called the “dirty dozen” and “clean 15” and are what are I go by when I am at the grocery store shopping for our weekly produce. 80% of what we buy at the grocery store is produce so these guides are always super helpful! It’s really important to have a diet heavily focused on fruits and vegetables. I am also more than a little focused on eating organic but sometimes, there are not organic options for items I need. When this happens, I always refer to these two lists to guide me through my shopping decisions. These lists are updated annually and are reported by the USDA and Environmental Protection Agency whom work together to identify them. Some fruits and vegetables are less likely to be contaminated so you can feel good about buying them conventional if you are trying to stick to a budget.
Here is the “Dirty Dozen” list of produce with the most pesticide residue:
12. sweet bell peppers
Here is the “Clean 15” list of produce with the least likelihood to contain pesticide residue:
2. sweet corn
6. sweet peas
When I come home from the grocery store, one of the first things that I do is pull out all my fruit and produce and soak them with the Thieves fruit and veggie soak by Young Living. This removes all the bacteria and YUCK from traveling. Not only does this remove 98% of the bacteria it helps prolong the shelf life of your produce. I fill one side of my sink with clean water and pour a capful of the soak into it. Then I mix it into the water, add my produce and let sit for ten minutes before drying and putting up. This also helps me go ahead and cut up my fruits and veggies for the week and I have found that when they are already cut and ready to eat, we all tend to grab for those verses packaged items.