The experts at Licious Living share their list of the “cleanest” and “dirtiest” fruits and veggies in your supermarket.
GOOD TO KNOW | “Should I buy organic or is it just a waste of my money? I get this question a lot,” says Deanna Embury, who, with co-founder Katie Rodgers, operates Licious Living, a healthy eating company that supplies Vancouverites and Torontonians with super-tasty home-delivered meals plus operates wallet-friendly cafés in British Columbia and Alberta.
“At Licious Living we’re big advocates of eating a lot of fruits and veggies,” Embury says, citing the Environmental Working Group as the inspiration for their dirty/clean roundup. Every year the EWG, an environmental advocacy organization that focuses on research and data collection, publishes a review of the 54 worst-to-best fruits and vegetables for pesticide content. Embury says Licious Living’s list is drawn from this one and based on foods North Americans commonly buy.
Licious Living’s Dirty Dozen
If you are going to splurge on organics, go for the dozen fruits and vegetables that ordinarily have the highest level of pesticides. These foods have permeable or edible skins and/or are conventionally grown with higher amounts of pesticides.
Cherry tomatoes (imported)
Snap peas (imported)
Spinach, lettuces and greens
Sweet Bell Peppers
Licious Living’s Clean 13
The Clean 13 rank among the most pesticide-free of all produce, even when conventionally grown. Save money by opting for the non-organic version of these:
Watermelon, honeydew melon, cantaloupe
For more on Licious Living, a company that “takes the hard part out of eating healthy,” visit www.liciousliving.com. Those wanting more info on pesticides in food should check out Environmental Working Group’s annual review on www.ewg.org