The Environmental Working Group (EWG) just dethroned strawberries from the top position of its infamous “Dirty Dozen” list. This means that conventionally-grown apples contain the highest load of pesticides, as compared to any other fruit or vegetable.
An apple a day won’t keep the doctor away
Here are some disturbing apple facts you should keep in mind when shopping…
- The USDA tested 700 different apple samples and found residues of at least one type of pesticide on 98% of them.
- 92% of apples contained pesticides even after being washed and peeled.
- After being sprayed with pesticides in the orchards, just-picked conventional apples are given another round of pesticide treatment to maintain their eye-appeal and to extend their shelf life.
- Apples are stored for months in supermarkets’ cold storage; during that time, their nutritional value decreases and they also lose flavor and crispness.
- Conventional apples also contain nitrates, the same cancer-causing preservative found in bacon, cold cuts, and pepperoni.
- Besides cancer, pesticide exposure has been linked to Parkinson’s, brain damage, ADHD, and lower intelligence.
“Do I have to quit apples?”
Here’s some good news: You can have your apples and eat them too. Just make sure to purchase organic apples — because they’re only good for you when they’re not contaminated with carcinogens and neurotoxins.
Like all pesticide-free produce, organically-grown apples are more healthful in five important ways…
- Organic produce does not contain pesticides.
- It’s not genetically modified.
- It has higher levels of vitamins than conventional produce.
- It has higher levels of minerals than conventional produce.
- It has lower levels of heavy metals and nitrates than conventional produce.
Sources: shine, Jim Healthy