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Find out if your favorite fruits and vegetables are high in pesticides

Posted on Mar 27, 2009 by Maggie LaBarbera

We know that small doses of pesticides can damage our health, and especially the health of  children whose organs are growing and still forming. According to the Environmental Working Group and, here is a list of the fruits and vegetables with the most and the least pesticides. (not organically grown).The 12 Most Contaminated Fruits and Vegetables

  1. Peach
  2. Apple
  3. Bell Pepper
  4. Celery
  5. Nectarine
  6. Strawberries
  7. Cherries
  8. Kale
  9. Lettuce
  10. Grapes (Imported)
  11. Carrot
  12. Pear
The 15 Least Contaminated Fruits and Vegetables:
  1. Onion
  2. Avocado
  3. Sweet Corn
  4. Pineapple
  5. Mango
  6. Asparagus
  7. Sweet Peas
  8. Kiwi
  9. Cabbage
  10. Eggplant
  11. Papaya
  12. Watermelon
  13. Broccoli
  14. Tomato
  15. Sweet Potato
According to Environmental Working Group, their research has found that:
  • People who eat the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables ingest an average of 10 pesticides a day
  • Those who ate from the 15 least contaminated list, only ingested 2 or less pesticides a day.
I love fruits and vegetables but have to admit that I don't buy organic. Primarily because it is so expensive. But to my surprise, many of my favorites and my kids' favorites were on the "most contaminated" list. This list may have changed my mind! Source: Free printable pocket guide- top 15 high and low pesticide fruits and vegetables




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