Fruits and vegetables are sources of nutrition. They’re good for our health and wellness, yet we still need to be more careful to pick ones that don’t contain too much pesticide residue. The pesticide is used to protect them from pests, insects, and other animals.

In order to know and be able to buy foods that are safe for us to consume, we can check the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen List.

‘Dirty Dozen Foods’ is a list made by Environmental Working Group (EWG) which released annually, consists of twelve foods that absorb the highest amount of pesticide residue. The list aimed to help customers to be more aware when they’re doing grocery shopping. This year’s list is released in July 2020, along with clean fifteen – list of fruits and vegetables with the lowest amount of pesticide residue.

Here’s list of the ‘Dirty Dozen Foods’, from the highest to the least pesticide residue:

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

Foods that contain a large amount of pesticide residue can impact your health. It can cause rashes, diarrhea, dizziness, until blindness. Because of the potential health risks, continuous monitoring of fruits and vegetables, especially with large amount of pesticide residue is needed.

Meanwhile, here’s the list of Clean Fifteen in 2020, from the lowest to the least higher pesticide residue:

  1. Avocado
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapple
  4. Onion
  5. Papaya
  6. Sweet Peas Frozen
  7. Eggplant
  8. Asparagus
  9. Cauliflower
  10. Cantaloupe
  11. Broccoli
  12. Mushrooms
  13. Cabbage
  14. Honeydew Melon
  15. Kiwi

Stick to the list to feel less worried the next time You’re about to make healthy dishes like vegetable soup or detox juices.