The Men’s Health May issue has an article that lists the dirtiest and cleanest fruits and vegetables; something to ponder when you buy groceries. Based on the Environmental Working Group (EWG) 2014 Dirty Dozen list, they identify the most pesticide-laden produce from the 48 of the most popular fruits and veggies sold in the US.
The lesson I’ve taken is I need to be more diligent washing my produce
They based their rankings on an analysis of 32,000 samples tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Non-organic apples topped the list and while kale, collard greens and peppers were frequently contaminated with insecticides; they aren’t particularly toxic to humans so they were not included in their list.You can read more about this on EWG’s website here.
Other Important Findings• Every sample of imported nectarine samples tested and 99% of apple samples tested positive for at least one pesticide residue.
• The average potato had most pesticides by weight.
• A single grape tested positive for 15 pesticides.
• Single samples of celery, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas, and strawberries tested positive for 13 different pesticides apiece.
• Only 1% of avocado samples showed any detectable pesticides.
• 89% of pineapples, 82% of kiwi, 80% of papayas, 88% of mango, and 61% of cantaloupe had no residues.