The Dirty Dozen & Clean 15 List for 2017

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The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 list is out from EWG for 2017.

As usual, it reveals the fruits and vegetables that contain the most pesticide residue and the least pesticide residue.

The beauty of the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 list is that it helps us all make informed choices about how to protect our families from pesticides.

Eating an all organic diet may top our wellness wish list but the reality is that the costs are prohibitive for most of us. So, instead of feeling powerless about our options, the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists show us how we can best use our grocery budget.

READ MORE: 3 Ways To Eat Healthier Without Breaking The Bank


the dirty dozen list for 2017

Strawberries top the dirtiest list again.

Spinach makes the list as the dirtiest product according to EWG’s website which states, “conventionally grown spinach has more pesticide residues by weight than all other produce tested”.

And new to the 2017 Dirty Dozen list are pears. They used to be number 22 on the list but they’ve moved to number 6!

READ MORE: What To Do When You Can’t Find Organic Food

As parents, we’re very interested what in EWG had to say about baby food. They noted that, “many baby food purees, including more than one-third of pear baby foods, still have too many pesticide residues to be sold in Europe.”

Yikes! Even more of a reason to either choose organic baby food or make your own baby food using the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15 as your guide.

The 2017 Dirty Dozen List

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Nectarines
  4. Apples
  5. Peaches
  6. Pears
  7. Cherries
  8. Grapes
  9. Celery
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Sweet Bell Peppers
  12. Potatoes

You can see a list of where 48 fruits and vegetables ranked for pesticide residue here.


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The 2017 Clean 15:

  1. Sweet corn
  2. Avocados
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Onions
  6. Sweet peas (frozen)
  7. Papayas
  8. Asparagus
  9. Mangoes
  10. Eggplant
  11. Honeydew melon
  12. Kiwi
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Grapefruit

Download copies of both lists from EWG here.

Regardless of which list you shop from, it’s a good idea to wash your fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating. We regularly reach for this simple fruit and vegetable wash recipe to clean our food.

DIY produce wash recipe

Eating food free from pesticides is important to all our health but particularly so for babies and young children who are still developing.

Shopping with the 2017 Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists in mind are a way to reduce children’s toxic load while still feeding them the fruits and vegetables they need to thrive.