Cramming in your daily five servings of fruits and vegetables is getting scarier by the day. The Environmental Working Group is out with an updated list of what it calls the Dirty Dozen Plus — common supermarket foods that are covered in chemicals.
(CNN) — Apples and celery are still agriculture’s dirtiest pieces of produce, according to the Environmental Working Group’s annual “Dirty Dozen” report. The report names the fruits and vegetables ranking highest in pesticide residue.
Cucumbers were added to the 2012 Dirty Dozen, while Kale and collard greens were moved from the list to join green beans in a new “Plus” category.
The category was created this year to highlight crops that did not meet traditional Dirty Dozen criteria but are still commonly contaminated with organophosphate insecticides, which are toxic to the nervous system.
Also included on the Dirty Dozen list are:
3. Sweet bell peppers
6. Imported nectarines
11. Domestic blueberries
And on the “Dirty Dozen Plus” list:
+ Green beans
+ Kale/collard greens
The fruits and vegetables with the least amount of pesticide residue make up a list of the “Clean 15″:
2. Sweet corn
6. Sweet peas
11. Domestic cantaloupe
12. Sweet potatoes