Beyond The Dirty Dozen—The Essential Strategy to Defend Against Pesticides

Beyond The Dirty Dozen—The Essential Strategy to Defend Against Pesticides - ecoNugenics

Pesticides aren’t going anywhere soon. They now impact basically every living thing… and their use is on the rise.

We need to consistently be improving our toxin awareness in order to minimize our toxic risk.

In this article, we’ll help you make smarter choices, by giving you vital information about which non-organic food items are considered safer and which to avoid.

But that’s not all. We also deliver effective detox strategies, with active steps you can take now to remove these toxins from your body.

Because even if you make the best diet and lifestyle choices possible, no one can avoid pesticides altogether.

First—Shop Wisely

The Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen List

This annual guide from the Environmental Working Group, outlined below, empowers you with insights about foods with the most pesticides (“Dirty Dozen”), and those considered to be safer choices (“Clean Fifteen”). 
We want to make sure you have this health-saving information at your fingertips the next time you’re in the produce aisle. 

Second—Targeted Detox and Protection

To truly defend your health, you need evidence-based strategies that keep pesticides like glyphosate out of your body—while supporting key organs and systems in the process.

The good news is, ecoNugenics founder and clinical detoxification expert, Dr. Eliaz has developed a powerful natural binding that can do just that…

What’s on YOUR Produce?

Each year the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit environmental and consumer advocacy group, releases its annual report on pesticide levels in common non-organic produce items.

This annual Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen List identifies which 12 non-organic crops are most likely to contain the highest levels of pesticides (“Dirty Dozen”), and for some good news, which 15 crops are most likely to contain the lowest levels (“Clean Fifteen”).

The report is based on data collected during previous years from USDA testing and other sources. EWG acknowledges that this information is not complete since there are many pesticides—such as highly toxic glyphosate—that are not tested for by the USDA.

Nevertheless, the findings help to provide a general overview of which foods may be the dirtiest, and which may be safer options.

2022 Report Findings

This year’s report, The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce was released by the EWG in April 2022, and features some significant findings:

Over 50 percent of potatoes, spinach, lettuce and eggplant show levels of up to three different neonic insecticides that are deadly to bees and other life forms. These pesticides are banned in Europe, but used heavily in the U.S.

Multiple peppers were found to contain high levels of neurotoxic pesticides, including oxamyl, acephate and chlorpyrifos that are banned from use on only some U.S. crops, and banned entirely in Europe.

Three vegetables were removed from last year’s Clean Fifteen list: broccoli, cauliflower and eggplant, because these foods haven’t undergone pesticide testing in the last 6, 7 and fourteen years.

What we can see from these findings is that even the “clean” produce items can still pose a risk. Even organic produce can be contaminated due to proximity to non-organic farms and fields that are spraying high levels of toxic pesticides.

2022 EWG Dirty Dozen List

  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Kale, collard and mustard greens
  • Nectarines
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Bell and hot peppers
  • Cherries
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Celery
  • Tomatoes

The report found that even after washing, scrubbing and peeling (when necessary), these Dirty Dozen items still showed the highest percentages of pesticide residue. Health experts, including those within the EWG, recommend avoiding the Dirty Dozen and choosing organic versions whenever possible, to help safeguard health against high levels of toxic pesticide exposure.

2022 EWG Clean Fifteen List

  • Avocados
  • Sweet corn
  • Pineapples
  • Onions
  • Papaya
  • Sweet peas (frozen)
  • Asparagus
  • Honeydew melon
  • Kiwi
  • Cabbage
  • Mushrooms
  • Cantaloupe
  • Mangos
  • Watermelon
  • Sweet potatoes

Avocados and sweet corn were found to be the cleanest, with less than 2% of samples showing detectable levels of pesticides tested for.

Less than 5% of Clean Fifteen fruit and vegetable samples had two or more pesticides.

Working Toward a Healthier Future

The health impacts and toxicity levels of pesticides continue to spark debate between regulatory agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and environmental and health researchers and advocacy groups like the EWG.

The EWG and many others continue to remind us that pesticide safety data and usage guidelines are largely inadequate—or worse, ignored—posing significant risks to the health of consumers and the environment. Children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of toxic pesticide exposure, yet in many cases, precautions to protect children are also ignored. Much of the efforts of EWG involve working toward policy changes that can better support our health and the environment.

However, the unfortunate reality is that we can’t wait for policies to protect us against the ever-increasing use of pesticides—especially in the USA.

We have to take action ourselves.

Yet, whether you choose organic foods and products, or select the best available non-organic options using guidelines like the EWG annual report—it’s still impossible to completely avoid exposure to health-robbing pesticides and agricultural toxins.

But now, there’s a solution.

ecoNugenics new GlyphoDetox is formulated by ecoNugenics founder and detoxification expert, Dr. Isaac Eliaz, to safely detox pesticides like glyphosate and environmental toxins, and promote lowering the body burden keeping them from being accumulated and stored in organs and tissues. GlyphoDetox also works to support a healthy microbiome and GI tract integrity—key systems that are impacted by exposure to pesticides like highly toxic glyphosate.*

With all that’s going on in our world today, exposure to pesticides may seem like the least of your concerns.

It’s not.

The impacts of toxic body burden can be far-reaching, involving changes to your immune responses, hormone balance, neurological health, cellular function, and overall vitality.

The good news is that by taking active steps to safeguard against these pervasive toxins, using targeted formulas like GlyphoDetox, we can effectively manage the impacts of toxin exposure, and support multiple areas of health in the process.*



The first supplement of its kind to actively detox and defend against pesticides, GlyphoDetox promotes gut health and nutrition with powerful antioxidants and essential detox nutrients.

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