Which Vegetables and Fruit Are the Most Toxic
Updated: Jun 22, 2019
Every year EWG (Environmental Working Group- a non-profit organization) puts out their guide the dirty dozen and clean fifteen produce list. It's a shoppers guide to pesticides in produce. This list provides the top 12 fruits and vegetables that are heavily sprayed and you should buy organic! I do not deviate from this list when I buy produce and you shouldn't either. A single sample of strawberries showed 17 different pesticides according to the EWG. Click here for other key findings.
The Dirty 12 Winners are:
10. Sweet Bell Peppers
11. Cherry Tomatoes
The produce that is least likely to hold pesticide residues are noted below. Very few pesticides were detected on these and testing found very low total concentrations of pesticides on them.
The Clean 15 Winners are:
2. Sweet Corn*
5. Sweet Peas Frozen
12. Honeydew Melon
*According to the EWG website a small amount of sweet corn, papaya, and summer squash sold in the United States is produced from GE seed stock. Buy organic varieties of these crops if you want to avoid GE produce