Best of the Food Apps: Dirty Dozen

By Allison Mars, Dietetics Student, Sargent College

This week on Best of the Food Apps we break it down..into lists with “Dirty Dozen.”
Dirty DozenDirty Dozen is a very simple app. If you’ve been wondering which produce you should buy organic then look no further. It provides two lists – the “Dirty Dozen” and the “Clean 15”. The dirty dozen are foods that have the highest amounts of pesticide residue. Therefore, if you are concerned about eating pesticides then you should purchase these foods in their organically grown varieties. The Clean 15 list is 15 foods that have very low levels of pesticides even when conventionally grown.  So again, if pesticides are a concern for you, conventionally grown varieties of these fruits and vegetables can be purchased without concern for pesticides. This app is useful if you want to purchase organic produce but your grocery budget doesn’t allow you to buy everything organic. For more information about organic foods and whether pesticides are even a concern for your health read this article from Nutrition Action Newsletter.

Get the app on your iPhone or Android before your next shopping trip!

UPDATE (April22, 2013): The Environmental Working Group (EWG) just released updated lists for both the “Dirty Dozen Plus” and the “Clean 15” as part of their 2013 Shoppers Guide to Pecticdes in Produce. Check out their website HERE for more information on what changes were made and why as well as the new lists!

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