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2019 - 'The Dirty Dozen & The Clean 15 has been released'!

Updated: Aug 14, 2021


By JODIE CLAPP Founder of The GF Hub

Published | 27 March 2019 |

If you haven’t already heard of this yet, hold on to your hat!

Each year the EWG (Environmental Working Group) release a list of fruits and vegetables that contain the most toxic load of chemical residue, called the Dirty Dozen.

Although the testing is carried out on produce from the USA, the farming practices in Australia are somewhat similar, and smaller studies have come to the same conclusion more or less.

The benefit behind this list is to aid those who cannot purchase Organic for everything all the time. With knowing what produce carries the most toxic load, consumers are able to make a more informed choice on products they might want to buy Organic.

The new addition to the list for 2019 is Kale. Yep, that same kale you’ve been hearing about for the past few years touted as a superfood, the holy grail etc. Well, what comes with increased consumption? Increased production! More than 92 samples of kale had two or more pesticide residues, and a single sample could contain up to 18 different residues. The most frequently detected chemical was DCPA and has been classified as possible Cancer-Causing by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since 1995 and has been banned for use in Europe since 2009.

You might think “But I wash all my produce anyway so is it really that bad?” Yes, it is because these tests are conducted after washing and peeling have occurred. They are prepared the same way they would be in the home.

The clean 15, is, as I'm sure you can guess by now, a list of fruits and vegetables with the least amount of toxic chemical residue. So no need to stress too much about buying these products organically.

What about all the other products that were tested? Well, they fall somewhere in the middle, and you will have to use your discretion on that one.

Download the list, and either screenshot it to your phone, print it out to keep in your handbag for when you're shopping or even stick it to the fridge.

It’s just one more step towards supporting the environment and also your body.


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