The Clean 15 – 15 Foods You Don’t Need To Buy Organic Posted on December 30, 2017

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For those of you who missed yesterday’s post, I discussed the 12 highest ranking fruits and vegetables in terms of pesticide residue. Today, I want to discuss ‘The Clean 15’.

What’s ‘The Clean 15’?

Each year the (EWG) ranks fresh fruit and vegetables based on the levels of pesticide residue contained on/within the produce. They do this by combining six different measures of contamination. This includes:

  1. Percent of samples tested that had detectable pesticides
  2. Percent of samples that had two or more pesticides
  3. Average number of pesticides found on a sample
  4. Average amount (in parts per million) of all pesticides found
  5. Maximum number of pesticides found on a single sample
  6. Total number of pesticides found on the commodity

Those ranked lowest of the 51 fruit and vegetables tested make up ‘The Clean 15’.

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Looking closely at the list, it becomes apparent that produce contained within a “shell” or inedible skin show lower levels of pesticide residue. Whilst the EWG’s lists are under fire from Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), reduced exposure as a result of a protective outer shell makes sense to me.

Now, it’s important to note that the fruits and vegetables tested are from the United States however, can be used as a general rule of thumb here in Australia.


Do you follow ‘The Clean 15’ guide when buying conventional produce?

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