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Healthy Kids, Healthy Families - Bridging the Gap between Good Nutrition and Healthy Families

You know you are supposed to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, but did you know that when you enjoy these foods you might also be ingesting pesticides? 

The Clean Fifteen

Not all non-organic fruits and vegetables have high pesticide levels. Thanks to some of their tough outer layers, they protect themselves against pesticides. They are known as the "Clean Fifteen" since they contain little to no pesticides:

  • Onions
  • Sweet Peas
  • Avocados
  • Asparagus
  • Watermelon
  • Cantaloupe
  • Sweet Corn
  • Kiwi
  • Grapefruit
  • Pineapples
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Mango
  • Eggplant
  • Sweet Onions

The Dirty Dozen

The "Dirty Dozen" are 12 fruits and vegetables that are poor defenders against pesticides and toxins. By buying the organic version of the Dirty Dozen, you can reduce your exposure to pesticides by up to 80%. Make sure you buy organic:

  • Celery
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Potatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Domestic Blueberries
  • Imported Grapes

Healthy Kids, Healthy Families

United Way of Long Island is proud to partner with NBTY, a world leader in health and wellness. The Healthy Kids, Healthy Families initiative aims to enrich the lives of families by promoting wellness through nutrition, education and healthy living.