Friday, March 18, 2011

12 Foods with the Most Pesticides

Reposted from Foodista.com
March 18, 2011


Scientists have been warning us for some time about the hazards of pesticides. Even ingesting small amounts of pesticides and other chemicals can have long-term lasting effects on our health, especially during fetal and early childhood development.

Research by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) shows that people who consume an average of five of the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables, what they refer to as the “Dirty Dozen,” per day are ingesting an estimated 10 different pesticides, whereas those who eat from the 15 least contaminated list (see below) ingest fewer than 2 pesticides daily.

According to the EWG, you can lower your pesticide consumption by nearly four-fifths by avoiding the “Dirty Dozen” and instead eating the least contaminated produce. To see the full list – from best to worst – click here.

The 12 Worst (Dirty Dozen)
Buy organic instead!

1.Celery

2.Peaches

3.Strawberries

4.Apples

5.Blueberries

6.Nectarines

7.Bell Peppers

8.Spinach

9.Cherries

10.Kale/Collard

11.Greens

12.Potatoes

13.Grapes (Imported)

14. Lettuce

15. Blueberries (Imported)

Foods lowest in Pesticides

1.Onions

2.Avocado

3.Sweet Corn

4.Pineapple

5.Mangos

6.Sweet Peas

7.Asparagus

8.Kiwi

9.Cabbage

10.Eggplant

11.Cantaloupe

12.Watermelon

13.Grapefruit

14.Sweet Potato

15.Honeydew Melon

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