You don’t want to eat fruits covered in toxins? Me neither! And any Environmental Working Group (EWG) doesn’t want to, fortunately, being very closely at what is inside and on the surface of the products that we eat.
Recently was published Guide to pesticides shopper, which reveals the fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide contents and those with the lowest. Their purpose is to maintain a certain transparency in terms of the suppliers of fresh produce to help consumers decide when and what products it is necessary to pay more for organic ones. Apples are in first place in the list of toxic fruits for the fourth year in a row, which is not surprising.
If your budget allows, EWG recommends organic products. And if you can afford now, their guide helps you make more informed and healthier choices. The point is, says EWG, to consume fruits and vegetables, even at the risk of exposure to pesticides. But now you know what to choose.
A few conclusions of the report:
A single grape contains 15 pesticides.
Potato has more pesticides reported to weight than any other food.
Single samples of the stem of celery, cherry tomatoes, peas and strawberries imported showed 13 different pesticides on each one.
Fruits and vegetables contain the most pesticides
(list of ‘ Dirty ‘ Twelve Plus) are:
- Celery Stem
- Spinach (imported)
- Cherry tomatoes
- Peas (imported)
Twelve Dirty list ‘ Plus ‘ also includes:
- Pimento Kale/cabbage Greens
- (collard greens)
- And fruits and vegetables with the lowest content of pesticides (list of fifteen ‘ clean ‘):
- Peas (frozen)
- Sweet potatoes
Know what you eat before you buy it. We hope this list of the most and least contaminated fruits and veggies will help many of us to manage our daily diet and next to grocery list.