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12 Fruits and Vegetables Highest in Pesticides

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The EWG recently studied extensive USDA and FDA testing that measured pesticide residues in produce and then ranked the most commonly eaten fruits and vegetables in this country on a scale from most toxic to most consistently clean. I strongly encourage you to take the list of the "dirty dozen" to the grocery store with you. If your produce manager isn't stocking organic versions of all of the following, you may want to enlighten him or her.

The Dirty Dozen (highest in pesticides)

  • Apples
  • Bell peppers
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Grapes (imported)
  • Kale Lettuce
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Strawberries

 

What a conundrum. We know we're supposed to eat our fruit and vegetables because they have crucial nutrients that other foods don't, but here on the dirty dozen list, some of our favorites are covered with the most toxic agricultural chemicals out there. So do yourself and your family a favor and buy these twelve only if they're organically grown. And eat a good variety, because they all contain different antioxidants.