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The Dirty Dozen

Have you heard of the term Dirty Dozen? Every year, the Environmental Working Group releases a Dirty Dozen list naming the 12 crops with the highest amount of pesticide residue. You might notice that the fruit and vegetables on the Dirty Dozen list are generally those that we eat unpeeled or which come without a protective skin.

The list is American-based and unfortunately there hasn’t been a similar comprehensive study in Australia, but this is a good place to start if you are wanting to shop cleaner by trying to choose organic versions of these fruits and vegetables wherever possible.

However, whether or not you have access to organic versions of these produce, don’t let this list stop you from eating them.

“Although we believe consumers should be concerned about pesticide residues on the food they eat, the health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure.” Dr Alexis Temkin, a toxicologist at EWG.

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