Produce Study Reveals “Dirty Dozen” With Most Pesticides

Eating healthy is not easy.

You could make the effort to cook a balanced meal at home, cut down on junk food, and buy plenty of fruits and vegetables.

But how many of us think to look into what’s on the healthy produce we buy?

Apples ranked among the produce with the most pesticide residue in EWG’s study.Pixabay

Each year, the activism group Environmental Working Group lists the 12 fruits and vegetables they call “The Dirty Dozen,” produce with the highest amount of pesticide residue based on data from the Department of Agriculture.

Pesticides protect crops from insects and infections, but they are also known to cause a variety of health complications in humans.

This year’s list has bad news for clean eaters, as healthy veggies like kale, spinach, and celery all ranked among the worst for pesticide residue.

Kale came out looking particularly bad in this year’s study, as 92% of the samples tested had residue from two or more pesticides, even after being washed. The worst samples had residue from up to 18 different pesticides.

A shocking 60 percent of the kale samples still had Dacthal residue, a pesticide which was found to cause cancer in rodents.

On the other hand, EWG listed this year’s “Clean Fifteen” produce items with the least produce residue. It’s encouraging news for people who like avocados, pineapples, and cauliflower, which all made the healthier list.

If you’re concerned about pesticides on your produce, the EWG recommends shopping for organic produce. Even if you can’t afford those pricey varieties, they say there’s not much reason to fret about pesticides on your fruits and vegetables.

“The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure,” EWG researcher Carla Burns said in a press release about this year’s lists.

Organic vegetables are also not always free from pesticides either – usually they just haven’t been sprayed with synthetic pesticides.

Washing fruit and vegetables under cold tap water can help remove pesticide residue.

Here is the complete “Dirty Dozen” list:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale
  4. Nectarines
  5. Apples
  6. Grapes
  7. Peaches
  8. Cherries
  9. Pears
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Celery
  12. Potatoes

Here is the complete “Clean Fifteen” list:

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet Corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Frozen Sweet Peas
  5. Onions
  6. Papayas
  7. Eggplants
  8. Asparagus
  9. Kiwis
  10. Cabbages
  11. Cauliflower
  12. Cantaloupes
  13. Broccoli
  14. Mushrooms
  15. Honeydew Melons


Will this study make you change your eating habits?

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We see their faces in our pantries and fridges every single day, but how often do you really think about the namesakes and faces behind your favorite products?

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“Monthly Grocery Budget” Chart Has People Talking

Saying “every family is different” sounds extremely cliché, but it’s true. There’s no rule book or set of guidelines to follow. It all depends on your habits and your family members.

That’s why when things come out about what a “typical” family or “normal” family does, people take offense. Who is this family we’re all trying to model ourselves after, and what if mine is nothing like theirs?

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Feeding your entire family isn’t cheap. Especially if you want to use fresh ingredients and assemble a healthy meal that everyone will enjoy.

Here are 20 easy and delicious meals that will feed your family of 4 for less than $20. Each recipe has a grocery list, plus a few basic pantry staples that you probably already have on hand, that will make your next trip to the story easy and affordable.

* We used Fresh Direct and to calculate prices, but they may very based on your location.

Why dirty more dishes than you have to? This delicious chicken meal will have everyone feeling full and you will feel great because you stayed within budget!

Grocery List:

4 boneless skinless chicken thighs $4.89

1 cup chicken stock $1.29

8 ounces mushrooms, sliced $3.29

1/3 cup diced red onions $0.25

1/4 cup heavy cream $3.99

1 package egg noddles $2.99


1 tablespoon minced garlic

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

salt and pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons chopped parsley or basil

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This is an update on a family classic! Loaded wit meat and veggies it will keep hungry tummies full without breaking the bank.

Grocery List:

1 1/2 pounds ground chicken $5.98

1 package of spaghetti $1.59

1 large carrot $1.49

3 garlic cloves $0.99

2 tablespoons tomato paste $0.89

1/2 cup red wine $5.99


1 medium onion

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon orgeno

1 tablespoon balsamic

shaved Parmesan

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Pasta nights are always a hit in my house. This cheesy tortellini and meatballs gives you everything you need to feel full, all while staying within your grocery budget.

Grocery List:

8 ounce package cheese tortellini $3.49

35-37 meatballs $7.78

1 28 can crushed tomatoes $2.09

2 garlic cloves $0.70

2 cups grated mozzarella cheese $3.19

3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese $2.72


2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 medium onion

1 cup of water or chicken stock

1/2 teaspoon dried orgeno

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

salt and pepper

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Make weeknight dinners easy with this handy crescent braid! Loaded with chicken, veggies and cheese, it will be a hit with the whole family not to mention easy on the grocery budget too!

Grocery List:

1 can Pillsbury Crescent Dough Sheet $3.29

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts $3.74

1/2 cup green or red bell pepper strips $0.63

1/4 cup salsa $2.99

2 cups shredded Cheddar-Monterrey jack cheese $5.19


1 tablespoon canola oil

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 clove of garlic

1 small onion

1 egg white, beaten

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Everyone loves a home-cooked meal. That’s why this one pan meatloaf dinner is a real winner. Don’t worry about spending a fortune though, this delicious meal is within budget!

Grocery List:

1 1/2 pounds ground beef $7.49

1 1/2 pound russet potatoes $1.94

1 packet gravy mix $1.49

17-20 saltine crackers $3.59

1/4 cup whole milk $1.49

1/3 fresh parsley $1.99

1 pound green beans $1.49


1/3 cup water

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

2/3 cup milk

3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 large egg

1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 cup ketchup

1/4 brown sugar

4 teaspoons cider vinegar

1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil

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