Monday, January 23, 2012
Which Fruits and Veggies Have The Most and Least Amount of Pesticides?
Do you know which is the worst offender, as far as pesticides go?
According to Environmental Working Group (EWG), ironically, it's that fruit we're supposed to eat once a day to keep the doctor away- yes, the almighty 'forbidden fruit' apple has the greatest amount of pesticide residue even after washing and peeling it. So if you have the choice, you should opt for organic apples, if at all possible.
After apples comes celery (which I'm not fond of), but some of my favorite fruits and veggies made EWG's dirty dozen list:
8. sweet bellpeppers (meh)
11. lettuce (what's salad without lettuce?)
12. kale/collard greens
Peaches, strawberries and blueberries? Say it isn't so! The three fruits that top my cereal, on my cereal mornings. Am not happy about this at all.
EWG also has a list of the 15 cleanest- or the ones with the least amount of pesticides. They suggest not eliminating fruits and veggies altogether, but encourage people to choose the recommended 5 servings from the Clean 15, if you can't go organic. Thankfully there are some good ones to choose from including onions, mangoes, watermelon and sweet potatoes.
You can find the full list of 53 fruits and veggies here.