The Dirty Dozen

The Dirty Dozen

No, I am not talking about the 1967 movie starring Donald Southerland, Lee Marvin, and Charles Bronson.  I am talking about the report put out each year by “Environmental Working Group” that lists which fruits and vegetables are most contaminated with pesticides.  The group analyzes the Department of Agriculture data to see the amount of pesticide residue on a particular fruit or vegetable.  Here is the list for 2012:

Most Contaminated:

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Grapes (Imported)
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Potatoes

If you do not already purchase these fruits and vegetables in the organic form, I would highly suggest that you consider it.  Some researchers believe that you can cut down 80% of your pesticide intake by switching just these 12 to organic.

Dr Spencer Charlet
Chiropractor in Mooresville, NC