The Other Side of the Rainbow.
By Dr. Robin Rose
It’s comforting to know that there are some produce commodities out there that may be “clean.” While we are always researching what the best foods to eat are, people are always looking at how to buy the best food they can.
While it is always better to buy organic produce as this ensures that it will be herbicide and pesticide-free, we realize it can be expensive!
Armed with the right information, you will know which products to buy organic and those that are safe to eat that are conventionally grown.
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the 15 items on their list had the lowest amounts of pesticide residue based on their analysis of the most recent USDA data. EWG uses current data available to the public on the levels of pesticide residue on foods in the U.S.
Notably, almost 70 percent of Clean Fifteen fruit and vegetable samples had no pesticide residues, and only 7 percent of Clean Fifteen had two or more pesticides.
Be mindful that you may find genetically modified zucchini, yellow squash, sweet corn, papaya, and apples in U.S. markets, though only papayas are predominantly GMO. So you may want to consider still going organic when it comes to eating these foods.
The Clean 15 Food List for 2020
- Sweet corn
- Sweet peas (frozen)
- Honeydew melon