Yesterday, I featured Environmental Working Group’s (or EWG) annual “Dirty Dozen,” a list that pinpointed the most pesticide-prone produce in America. Based on data collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration (USDA), this list isn’t meant to deter us from eating our veggies—it’s meant to help us make more informed shopping choices—to help us either opt for organic produce when purchasing pesticide-prone foods or substitute with produce from the EWG’s 2015 Clean Fifteen—a list, again, organized according to U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and USDA testing.
If you don’t buy organic, health experts, like David Suzuki, suggest avoiding toxic pesticides linked to health issues including cancer, hormone disruption, and brain toxicity, by buying from the Clean Fifteen, a list of least-contaminated fruits and vegetables, whenever possible…
Officially leading the charge in 2015, avocadoes proudly top the Clean Fifteen list. This means that the tree fruit with the leathery skin (nope, it’s not a vegetable) from Central America and Mexico absorbs the lowest amount of pesticides.
Now the thick, scaly skin of the avocado kind of explains its nickname, “alligator pear,” and also the reason why the fruit remains largely pesticide free. If you love guacamole, you’ll be thrilled to know that only 1-percent of the fruits you purchase to make your favorite dip contain any trace of pesticides.