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This Fruit and Veggie Quiz Will Teach You When To Buy Organic

So you're not munching on a whole lot of pesticides.

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The Environmental Working Group (EWG) just released their new Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen lists. Here's what that means:

EWG took pesticide residue testing data from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for 48 different types of produce and analyzed it to come up with their rankings — all produce was peeled (when applicable) and thoroughly washed before being tested. Here's the basic takeaway for you: When possible, the EWG suggests you buy organic when buying foods on the Dirty Dozen list because they're more likely to have the highest pesticide residues. But the foods on the Clean 15 list are less likely to be covered in pesticides, so the EWG says it's OK to not buy these organic. Here's more info on their methods. Wondering which foods are on each list? Test your knowledge with the quiz below. The full answers are at the bottom of the quiz, but don't cheat!
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EWG took pesticide residue testing data from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for 48 different types of produce and analyzed it to come up with their rankings — all produce was peeled (when applicable) and thoroughly washed before being tested.

Here's the basic takeaway for you: When possible, the EWG suggests you buy organic when buying foods on the Dirty Dozen list because they're more likely to have the highest pesticide residues. But the foods on the Clean 15 list are less likely to be covered in pesticides, so the EWG says it's OK to not buy these organic. Here's more info on their methods.

Wondering which foods are on each list? Test your knowledge with the quiz below. The full answers are at the bottom of the quiz, but don't cheat!

  1. 1. Do strawberries belong on the Clean 15 or Dirty Dozen?

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    Clean 15
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    Dirty Dozen
  2. 2. What about tomatoes?

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    Clean 15
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    Dirty Dozen
  3. 3. Is spinach something you should buy organic or nah?

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    Buy organic!
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    Nah, not necessary.
  4. 4. Do potatoes belong to Clean 15 or Dirty Dozen?

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    Clean 15
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    Dirty Dozen
  5. 5. What about pineapples?

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    Clean 15
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    Dirty Dozen
  6. 6. Should you shell out for organic pears?

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    Yeah, that'd be a good idea.
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    Nah, not necessary.
  7. 7. Should you go organic with frozen sweet peas?

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    Yep!
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    Nah, it's on the Clean 15.
  8. 8. Are papayas on the Clean 15 or Dirty Dozen list?

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    Clean 15
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    Dirty Dozen
  9. 9. Should you go organic with onions or nah?

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    Yep, those things are on the dirty list.
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    Nah, dude.
  10. 10. Are nectarines on the clean or dirty list?

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    They're so fresh, so clean.
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    They're dirty. You may want to buy them organic.
  11. 11. Should you opt for organic mangos?

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    Yes, they're on the Dirty Dozen list
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    No, they're on the Clean 15 list.
  12. 12. What about kiwi?

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    Yes, they're on the dirty list.
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    Nah, they're on the clean list.
  13. 13. How about honeydew melon?

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    Yes, they're on the dirty list.
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    Nah, honeydew melons are on the clean list.
  14. 14. Should you buy organic eggplants?

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    Yeah, they belong on the Dirty Dozen.
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    Nah, they're on the Clean 15.
  15. 15. Is sweet corn on the clean or dirty list?

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    Clean 15
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    Dirty Dozen
  16. 16. Should you go organic with cherries? Or nah?

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    Yeah, they landed on the Dirty Dozen list.
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    Nah, they're on the Clean 15 list.
  17. 17. What about celery?

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    Yep, Dirty Dozen.
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    Nope, Clean 15.
  18. 18. Does cauliflower reside on the Clean 15 or Dirty Dozen list?

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    Clean 15
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    Dirty Dozen
  19. 19. Should you spend a little extra cash on organic cantaloupe? Or nah?

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    Yep, they're on the dirty list.
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    No, they're on the clean list.
  20. 20. Should you buy your cabbages organic?

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    Yes — Dirty Dozen!
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    Nope — Clean 15!
  21. 21. Should you invest in organic avocados?

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    Yes, they're on the dirty list.
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    No, they're actually on the clean list.
  22. 22. What about asparagus?

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    Yes, they're on the dirty list.
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    No, they're on the clean list.
  23. 23. Should you buy apples organic?

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    Yes, those suckers are on the Dirty Dozen.
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    Nah, apples are on the Clean 15.
  24. 24. Are grapes on the clean or dirty list?

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    Clean 15
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    Dirty Dozen
  25. 25. Is it a good idea to spend money on organic grapefruits?

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    Yes, they're on the dirty list.
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    Nah, they're on the clean list.
  26. 26. What about sweet bell peppers?

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    Yes, they're on the dirty list.
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    Nah, they're on the clean list.
  27. 27. Should you buy peaches organic? Or nah?

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    Yes, they're on the Dirty Dozen list.
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    Nah, they're on the Clean 15 list.

And in case you're curious, here are the two full lists:

Clean 15: sweet corn, avocados, pineapples, cabbage, onions, sweet peas frozen, papayas, asparagus, mangos, eggplant, honeydew melon, kiwi, cantaloupe, cauliflower, grapefruit

Dirty Dozen: strawberries, spinach, nectarines, apples, peaches, pears, cherries, grapes, celery, tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, potatoes

 
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