Dirty Dozen

Copied from The Northwest Parkinson’s Weekly News Update


The Dirty Dozen are a list of fruits and vegetables that contain the most contamination from pesticides. This list is only a guide as produce will vary in contamination depending on country, farm or state of origin.

Given the cost of organic food, this guide from the Environmental Working Group does help those that are budget conscious make the best purchases. Note that food with a skin that can be peeled and discarded are less likely to have highest levels of contamination.

To reduce exposure to contaminants such as pesticides be sure to wash all produce before eating.


12 Most Contaminated

·         Peaches

·         Apples

·         Sweet Bell Peppers

·         Celery

·         Nectarines

·         Strawberries

·         Cherries

·         Pears

·         Grapes (Imported)

·         Spinach

·         Lettuce

·         Potatoes


12 Least Contaminated

·         Onions

·         Avocado

·         Sweet Corn (Frozen)

·         Pineapples

·         Mango

·         Asparagus

·         Sweet Peas (Frozen)

·         Kiwi Fruit

·         Bananas

·         Cabbage

·         Broccoli

·         Papaya


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