12th May 2017

Fifteen clean foods for when organic isn’t an option

Ryan Boutland

American environmental organisation, Environmental Working Group (EWG), specialises in research and advocacy in the areas of toxic chemicals, agricultural subsidies, public lands, and corporate accountability.

The group has conducted a study on foods and pesticides, and has created both the Dirty Dozen list (foods that contain the most pesticide residue) and the Clean Fifteen list, which are the fruit and veg that contain relatively few pesticides and low total concentrations of pesticide residues.

As many of you would be well aware, there’s a lot to be said for eating organic. However, whether or not you believe the hype, organic can be costly. So, if ‘organic’ isn’t an option for you, try these 15 clean foods instead:


1. sweet corn

2. avocados

3. pineapples

4. cabbage

5. onions

6. sweet peas frozen

7. papayas

8. asparagus

9. mangos

10. eggplant

11. honeydew melon

12. kiwifruit

13. cantaloupe

14. cauliflower

15. grapefruit

Read more about EWG's 2017 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce

Do these foods regularly feature in your diet? Do you buy into the ‘organic thing’?

Related articles:
Steer clear of the Dirty Dozen
Affordable everyday superfoods
Is organic worth the extra money?


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18th May 2017
The list is the result of American US research so is probably not relevant to Australian fruit and vegetables.
The pom
18th May 2017
many of these fruit and veg will not make a large part of most peoples diet. I didn't see potato on the list
18th May 2017
My guess is because potatoes grow IN the ground, they would absorb any pesticide in the ground ???
18th May 2017
No, I was wrong, as they're not on the 15 worst veges either - and most of then grow above ground as well, so I am at a loss
20th May 2017
Again this website puts up information that is irrelevant to Australians, can we see some data from Australian grown please?

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