Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Learn which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticides

by Jess Zimmerman

 The Environmental Working Group has released an updated list of the Dirty Dozen, the fruits and vegetables with the worst pesticide levels. Drumroll please:

  1. Apples

  2. Celery

  3. Strawberries

  4. Peaches

  5. Spinach

  6. Nectarines (imported)

  7. Grapes (imported)

  8. Sweet bell peppers

  9. Potatoes

  10. Blueberries (domestic)

  11. Lettuce

  12. Kale/collard greens

If you can, it's worth shelling out a little extra for the organic versions of these. You can offset it by pinching your pennies on the Clean Fifteen, the produce with the lowest pesticide levels:

  1. Onions

  2. Sweet Corn

  3. Pineapples

  4. Avocado

  5. Asparagus

  6. Sweet peas

  7. Mangoes

  8. Eggplant

  9. Cantaloupe (domestic)

  10. Kiwi

  11. Cabbage

  12. Watermelon

  13. Sweet potatoes

  14. Grapefruit

  15. Mushrooms

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