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When to buy organic

July 1, 2016 and

When to buy organic

The Environmental Working Group named these "clean 15" fruits and vegetables as having the lowest pesticide residue.

Each year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), names the "clean 15" foods that have the lowest pesticide load and are the safest conventionally grown crops to consume in 2016 from the standpoint of pesticide contamination:

Clean 15

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Sweet peas (frozen)
  6. Onions
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangoes
  9. Papayas
  10. Kiwi
  11. Eggplant
  12. Honeydew melon
  13. Grapefruit
  14. Cantaloupe
  15. Cauliflower

The EWG also names its "dirty dozen" list of the fruits and vegetables that rank highest in pesticide residues, making them the most important to buy organic versions — or to grow them organically yourself.

Dirty dozen

Dirty dozen

  1. Strawberries
  2. Apples
  3. Nectarines
  4. Peaches
  5. Celery
  6. Grapes
  7. Cherries
  8. Spinach
  9. Tomatoes
  10. Sweet bell peppers
  11. Cherry tomatoes
  12. Cucumbers

For both lists, the EWG analyzed test results of more than 35,200 samples of fruits and vegetables taken by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

"Don't limit your intake of fresh produce because you can't afford organic," says Olga Hays, a wellness promotion specialist for Sharp Best Health, an internal employee wellness program at Sharp.

"Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables in general is the point," she says. "Buy locally grown, in-season fruits and vegetables when possible, and always properly wash your produce: it will go a long way toward removing pesticide residues, dirt and bacteria from your fruits and vegetables."

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