In addition, avocados also make the Environmental Working Group’s Clean Fifteen list – along with sweet corn, less than 1% of avocados contained pesticides. Celery – 94.5% of celery sampled were found to contain pesticides. Because of these high levels, it's recommended to buy organic for these fruits and vegetables: Nectarines – 97.3% of nectarines sampled were found to contain pesticides. Kale joined the list in 2019 and remains in the top 3 on the 2020 dirty dozen list. We have to do what we believe is best for our family, and while I would choose to buy organic when it's available, it's good to know we don't need to entirely skip the melon section when it's not. I'm Kelly, a Certified Transformational Health Coach & Meditation Teacher. Don’t buy organic These come under the list of the ‘clean 15’, ie fruit and vegetables with the least pesticide residues, so you can buy conventional varieties and save precious pennies: As much as I loved clean 15-approved kiwi, for years I thought it was such a waste. While avocados and pineapple have a thick skin to protect the fruit, cabbage doesn't have that, but don't get me wrong, I am not complaining. Health and wellness information from a Certified Nutrition and Health Coach. Spinach is still on the Dirty Dozen list, coming in at number two again. Every year, the Environmental Working Group comes out with a list of the twelve foods you should buy organic – known as the dirty dozen – , as well as a list of the fifteen foods that you don’t need to buy organic – know as the clean fifteen. While they may be delicious and they fall onto this safe list, if you've never cut one before, they're a bit intimidating — but it doesn't have to be so difficult. According to WebMD, "Researchers believe that, during digestion, the vegetable's sulfurous amino acids break down into smelly chemical components in all people. "If you shop the sales and buy store-name brands, you can really keep costs down," says LePore. This dirty dozen is an annual list of the 12 fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide residues. More than 90 percent of samples of strawberries, apples, cherries, spinach, nectarines, and kale tested positive for residues of two or more pesticides. My parents sliced it up and we ate the whole thing, leaving only outer and inner core as evidence. There are times to save and times to splurge, especially when it comes to your health. This is the annual Environmental Working Group's 2020 Dirty Dozen list. Yeah, 10 years ago the European Union said, don’t put that crap on our food. The EWG named 15 products — the “Clean 15” — that you do not need to buy organic. Then you can score each cheek, making sure not to slice all the way through, and then flip inside out and scoop out the mango. I … Pears – 94.4% … More than 70 percent of fruit and vegetable samples on the Clean Fifteen list had no pesticide residues. However, a relatively low percentage of the melons tested — especially compared to, say, peaches — actually had significant levels of pesticides. When mango season hits, I celebrate. However, those numbers only represent about 4.2 percent of all food sold in the U.S. during this time period. better understanding of what qualifies something as Organic . Nonorganic agricultural products and several nonagricultural products on the National List may only be used if they are not commercially available as organic. I have to admit that seeing cabbage on the list of the clean 15 surprised me a bit. And go conventional with those that are on the low-residue list...and save a little green. 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