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In addition to releasing its 2018 list of the “dirty dozen,” 12 fruits and veggies that it suggests buying organic because of the presence of pesticide residues, the Environmental Working Group has also released the 2018 edition of its “clean fifteen” list – 15 fruits and veggies that were found to be the least contaminated with pesticide residue.

The EWG looked at USDA data to determine which produce was the most and least likely to be contaminated with residue from pesticides. According to the “dirty dozen” list, more than a third of strawberry samples analyzed in 2016 were found to have residue from 10 or more pesticides.

Avocados topped the list this year – so you make your trendy avocado toast without fear. Only one pesticide was found on any of the 360 avocados that were sampled, according to the EWG.

The fruits and veggies in the “clean fifteen” are the least likely to be contaminated with pesticide residue, so you can feel better about not buying them organic, making them easier on your wallet than organic veggies.

Here’s the “clean fifteen” list for 2018:


1. Avocados

2. Sweet Corn

3. Pineapples

4. Cabbages

5. Onions

6. Frozen Sweet Peas

7. Papayas

8. Asparagus

9. Mangoes

10. Eggplants

11. Honeydew Melons

12. Kiwis

13. Cantaloupes

14. Cauliflower

15. Broccoli

Cook With Avocados At Home

Feeling good about buying avocados? Try making some of these recipes!

Smashed White Bean Avocado and Basil Sandwich

This Smashed White Bean Avocado and Basil Sandwich is a great use of avocados. Dijon mustard adds a tangy taste to this sandwich!

Spicy Bean, Mushroom, and Avocado Quesadilla

If you love spicy food, try this Spicy Bean, Mushroom, and Avocado Quesadilla! Tahini and garlic make the dressing in this dish delicious.

Sautéed Avocados

For an unexpected use of avocados, try this Sautéed Avocados recipe. Cumin powder and red chili flakes add spice and smokiness!

You can also feel good about making some tasty recipes with conventional sweet corn! Try this Creamy Corn Gazpacho and these Corn and Bell Pepper Fritters!

There are also a ton of unexpected uses for pineapples, like Pineapple Fried Quinoa and Golden Pineapple Curry.

For some interesting cabbage ideas, take a look at this Savoy Cabbage Rolls and this Spicy Cabbage Detox Soup!

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