Dirty Dozen

FRUITS & VEGETABLES WITH HIGHER PESTICIDE RESIDUE

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there are certain fruits and vegetables that have much higher levels of pesticide residue than others – even after washing.

Pesticides and other chemicals can cause damage to health especially during fetal development and early childhood. After analyzing over 100,000 U.S. government pesticide test results, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit organization research organization, came up with a dirty dozen list of the most contaminated fruits and vegetables. It is recommended to always buy these fruits and veggies organic.

 
Pesticides in Food
 
The fruit and vegetables with the most amount of pesticides include:
 
Fruit
 
Apples
Cherries
Grapes
Nectarines
Peaches
Pears
Strawberries
 
Vegetables
 
Bell Peppers
Celery
Potatoes
Spinach
Carrots
 
 
The fruit and vegetables with the least amount of pesticides include:
 
Fruit
 
Avocados
Pineapples
Mangos
Kiwi
Banana
 
Vegetables
 
Onions
Sweet Corn
Asparagus
Frozen Sweet Peas
Cabbage
Eggplant
Broccoli
 
These fruits and vegetables generally do not contain residue or contamination from pesticides and can be bought conventionally.