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Which Vegetables and Fruit Are the Most Toxic

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:

1. Strawberries

2. Apples

3. Nectarines

4. Peaches

5. Celery

6. Grapes

7. Cherries

8. Spinach

9. Tomatoes

10. Sweet Bell Peppers

11. Cherry Tomatoes

12. Cucumbers

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:

1. Avocados

2. Sweet Corn*

3. Pineapples

4. Cabbage

5. Sweet Peas Frozen

6. Onions

7. Asparagus

8. Mangos

9. Papayas*

10. Kiwi

11. Eggplant

12. Honeydew Melon

13. Grapefruit

14. Cantaloupe

15. Cauliflower

*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


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* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information or products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before starting any new dietary regime or use of any these products.

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