Minimizing Pesticide Exposure: Know the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen!
September 3, 2018
It’s Important: Avoid Synthetic Fragrances!
October 8, 2018

In part I, we looked at why we want to know the dirty dozen and clean fifteen and how those lists are even generated. I also identified EWG’s 2018 dirty dozen.  (If you missed that article, check it out here: 

Today, as promised, we look at the clean fifteen. 

Clean 15

  1. Avocados: have less than 1% pesticide residue.
  1. Corn: the good news is corn has less than 2% of samples having detectable residue. However, you must avoid GMO corn and the only way to do this unless you can verify a non-GMO source is to buy organic.
  2. Pineapple: 90% tested were pesticide-free 
  1. Cabbage: 90% tested were pesticide-free
  2. Onions: 90% tested were pesticide-free
  1. Sweet peas: no pesticide residue found
  2. Papayas: no pesticide residue (but could be GMO)
  1. Asparagus: found 90% pesticide-free
  2. Mangos: 78% of samples were clean – and no more than two pesticides found on those that did contain residue.
  1. Eggplant: ¾ tested pesticide-free
  2. Honeydew: ¾ tested pesticide-free
  1. Broccoli: 70% free of pesticides
  2. Kiwifruit: 65% tested pesticide-free with no more than 6 pesticides found.
  1. Cantaloupe: 60% were pesticide-free – and only about one in ten had more than one pesticide residue.
  2. Cauliflower: 50% free of pesticides 

Buying organic will help you minimize pesticide exposure although not completely avoid it. According to the EWG, organic produce is not completely free of pesticides. But, unlike conventional farming, organic farming uses only organic pesticides such as copper and sulfur. In order to be certified organic, produce must be grown without the use of synthetic chemical pesticides, GMOS or fertilizers based on petroleum or sewage sludge.

There are so many toxins in our internal and external environments now, that it is virtually impossible to avoid many of them no matter where or how we live. And we all need to live with that! That is why it is important to alleviate or reduce the ones that are in our control. Organic foods, filtered water, non-toxic cleaning and self-care products are all ways of doing so, which collectively, have a huge impact on our ability to maintain or regain health. It all comes down to priorities and individual choice.  Choose wisely and consciously.  And if you need assistance in making or sticking to those choices, contact me or sign up for my very cost-effective 4 week live but virtual program (Taking Your Life Back from Cancer

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