The Environmental Workers Group just released their new list of the "Dirty Dozen," the 12 fruits and veggies that have the most pesticide residue. Learn what produce you should be buying organic and what are the "Clean Fifteen," with the least amount of residue. 

In the past few years, buying organic fruits and veggies has gotten more and more popular. But the problem with buying organic is that you have to shell out a lot more money for these higher priced items. So what fruits and veggies are best to be bought organic? And which can you get away with buying the regular version.

Here are the "Dirty Dozen" fruits and veggies that you should buy organic:

  1. Apples - 80% of apples sold in the United States were contaminated with a chemical to make the skin bright with no spots
  2. Celery
  3. Cherry Tomatoes
  4. Cucumbers
  5. Grapes
  6. Nectarines
  7. Peaches
  8. Potatoes
  9. Snap Peas
  10. Spinach
  11. Strawberries
  12. Sweet Bell Peppers
  13. Honorable Mentions - hot peppers, kale and collared greens (contained insecticides known to cause nervous system damage)

Along with the Dirty Dozen, here are the "Clean Fifteen", fruits and veggies you don't have to necessarily buy organic:

  1. Asparagus
  2. Avocados
  3. Cabbage
  4. Cantaloupe
  5. Cauliflower
  6. Eggplant
  7. Grapefruit
  8. Kiwi
  9. Mangos
  10. Onions
  11. Papayas
  12. Pineapple
  13. Sweet Corn
  14. Sweet Peas
  15. Sweet Potatoes

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