EWG’s Food Scores and the App

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I want to tell you about an app that I recently downloaded to my iPhone, it’s the EWG’s Food Scores app. For those who are not familiar with EWG (Environmental Working Group), it is a non-profit organization, located in Washington D.C., that specializes in research and advocacy to protect the public health and the environment. Each year they publish a list of the “The Clean Fifteen™,” fruit and vegetables that you don’t have to buy organic and “The Dirty Dozen Plus™,” fruits and vegetables that you should buy organic.

The Food Scores app was created to “help consumers make healthier, greener food choices.” EWG rated more than 80,000 food items on a score of 1 (best) to 10 (worst). They rated the items based on three criteria: nutrition, ingredients and processing concerns. I recently tried out the app, when I wanted to buy puff pastry. It provided me an overall score, their top findings and nutritional information. I found it very helpful when debating with myself, whether or not to purchase the item. This app will definitely be used more in future food buying decisions! I encourage you to check it out, if you haven’t done so already!

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If you are interested in downloading the app, click on the links for the iPhone and the Android.

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Environmental Working Group | 2015 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a non-profit organization, located in Washington D.C., that specializes in research and advocacy to protect the public health and the environment. Yesterday, the EWG released their annual “Shopper’s Guide.” The guide has two lists, one that contains produce with the least amounts of pesticides and the other that contains produce with the highest amounts of pesticides.

The following is a list of the fruits and vegetables that are considered the “cleanest” with the least amount of contamination, according to the Environmental Working Group:

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For the fifth year in a row, apples tops the list as being the most contaminated. The list below has produce considered to be the “dirtiest” with the highest pesticide residue found in testing:

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It is recommended by EWG to buy organic fruits and vegetables on the “Dirty Dozen Plus™” list, when affordable and available.

The “Clean Fifteen”

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The following is a list of the fruits and vegetables that have the least amount of pesticides residues according to the Environmental Working Group:

  • Avocados
  • Sweet Corn
  • Pineapples
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet Peas (frozen)
  • Onions
  • Asparagus
  • Mangos
  • Papayas
  • Kiwi
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cauliflower
  • Sweet Potatoes

For more information go to their website: http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/

The “Dirty Dozen Plus”

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The Environment Working Group (EWG) is a non-profit organization, located in Washington D.C., that specializes in research and advocacy to protect the public health and the environment. The following is their list of fruits and vegetables that have the most pesticide residues and therefore, should be purchased organic:

  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Nectarines (imported)
  • Cucumbers
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Snap peas (imported)
  • Potatoes
  • Kale/collard greens
  • Hot peppers

For more information go to their website: http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/