The produce making the Dirty Dozen in 2016 now includes strawberries in first place as the top fruit that should be washed before eating or avoided. Last year and the previous year apples were at the top of the list. For the 2016 Dirty Dozen list, apples were in second place.
The remainder of the Dirty Dozen list for 2016 includes-
- sweet bell peppers
- cherry tomatoes
Unfortunately, shoppers won’t always know if the fruit or vegetable item they are purchasing should be part of the Dirty Dozen list. Stores in the United States do have items labeled as organic when they are organic. However, when purchasing from local vendors, a certification is not always available to show the food was not sprayed with pesticide. In such cases it is good to know who the person is that is growing the produce they are attempting to sell.
Purchasing only foods that are not sprayed with pesticides is one way of being sure the fruit or vegetables you are eating would not make it to the Dirty Dozen list. Some also think buying whatever is available and just peeling the item will make the food safe. This is not always true due to the fact that some vegetables and fruits are very thin skinned. The thin skin on such foods will not allow the items to be protected from pesticides.
For more information about the 2016 Dirty Dozen list, visit the site for the Environmental Working Group. Details about the items mentioned on the list of foods with so much pesticide might help many decide which food items they should purchase or avoid.