By choosing organic foods, you can reap the health benefits of fruits and vegetables without exposing yourself and your family to potentially harmful chemicals.
Pesticides present real health risks, particularly to children and those with health concerns.
The toxicity most commonly associated with pesticides in animal studies include disruptions in the normal functioning of the nervous and endocrine system, and increased risks of cancer.
Every year, the Environmental Working group (EWG), publishes its “Dirty Dozen list” – a list of produce that has the most pesticide residue, according to the group’s analysis of government data.
Nearly three-fourths of the 6,953 produce samples tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2014 contained pesticide residues.
This year’s update of EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ reports that USDA tests found a total 146 different pesticides on thousands of fruit and vegetable samples examined in 2014. The pesticides persisted on fruits and vegetables tested by USDA – even when they were washed and, in some cases, peeled.
Topping the list this year are strawberries, beating out apples, which ranked first for the last five years.
2016 DIRTY DOZEN KEY FINDINGS
- 98 percent of strawberry samples, peaches, nectarines and apples tested positive for at least one pesticide residue.
- The average potato had more pesticides by weight than any other produce.
- A single grape sample and a sweet bell pepper sample contained 15 pesticides.
- A single samples of strawberries detected 17 different pesticides; the average strawberry tests positive for 5.75 different pesticides (1).
THESE 12 FRUITS AND VEGETABLES HAVE THE MOST PESTICIDES!
Here are this year’s Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen rankings:
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Sweet Corn
- Sweet Peas (Frozen)
- Honeydew Melon