DIRTY DOZEN: These Are The Fruits And Veggies With The Most Pesticides

No one likes to think about the pesticides and chemicals we may be ingesting that come on our food, but it’s a scary reality of modern life. So every year, the Environmental Working Group lets us know which fruits and vegetables contain the most pesticides in its “Dirty Dozen” list.

They test the foods we eat every day and warn us which ones to watch out for and to buy organic. And this year, they seem super concerned about kale, and say more than “92% of kale samples had two or more pesticide residues” and some had as many as 18!

And with that, here’s 2019’s Dirty Dozen list. These are the fruits and vegetables to buy organic:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale
  4. Nectarines
  5. Apples
  6. Grapes
  7. Peaches
  8. Cherries
  9. Pears
  10. Tomatoes
  11. Celery
  12. Potatoes

And on the flip side, the organization also does an annual “Clean Fifteen” list that tells us the top 15 kinds of produce that have “few, if any” pesticide residues. This is 2019’s list:

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbages
  5. Onions
  6. Sweet peas (frozen)
  7. Papayas
  8. Asparagus
  9. Mangoes
  10. Eggplants
  11. Honeydew melons
  12. Kiwis
  13. Cantaloupes
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Broccoli

Source:USA Today

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