Thursday, April 15, 2010

Veggies and Fruits with the Highest (and Lowest) Amount of Pesticides

Our readers asked us to re-post the list of veggies with the highest load of pesticides. Here it is:

We all know that pesticides are not good for our bodies. The exposure to toxic chemicals can have an even more adverse effect in children. The metabolism of a fetus, infant and child is less able to metabolize and inactivate toxic chemicals, being more vulnerable to the harmful effects of pesticides.
Consuming organic food minimizes the problem, but it is generally expensive, and not accessible to everybody. The Environmental Working Group developed a list of vegetables and fruits that contain the highest amount of pesticides, and the ones that are generally clear. So, be wise and don't spend the extra cash when not necessary.
Rank starting with the fruits and veggies with the highest load of pesticides:
  1. Peach {highest load of pesticides}
  2. Apple
  3. Bell Pepper
  4. Celery
  5. Nectarine
  6. Strawberry
  7. Cherry
  8. Kale
  9. Lettuce
  10. Grapes - imported
  11. Carrot
  12. Pear
  13. Collard Greens
  14. Spinach
  15. Potato
  16. Green Beans
  17. Summer Squash
  18. Pepper
  19. Cucumber
  20. Raspberry
  21. Grapes - domestic
  22. Plum
  23. Orange
  24. Cauliflower
  25. Tangerine
  26. Mushroom
  27. Banana
  28. Winter Squash
  29. Cantaloupe
  30. Cranberry
  31. Honeydew Melon
  32. Grapefruit
  33. Sweet Potato
  34. Tomato
  35. Brocoli
  36. Watermelon
  37. Papaya
  38. Eggplant
  39. Cabbage
  40. Kiwi
  41. Sweet Pea
  42. Asparagus
  43. Mango
  44. Pineapple
  45. Sweet Corn
  46. Avocado
  47. Onion {lowest load of pesticides}
Source: Environmental Working Group

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