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Which Kinds of Produce Have the Highest Exposure to Pesticides?

If you are concerned about the produce you buy at the grocery store and wonder just how safe it is to eat even if you wash it thoroughly, then you will appreciate this list of “dirty dozen” fruits and vegetables that have the highest exposure to pesticides.

Juicy and delicious, grapes are on the list of foods reported to have the highest exposure to harmful pesticides.

Juicy and delicious, grapes are on the list of foods reported to have the highest exposure to harmful pesticides.

The number of americans who are switching to organic produce is growing every year and this is the reason why.

Which Kinds of Produce Have the Highest Exposure to Pesticides?

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is out with their annual “Shoppers Guide to Pesticides” report. This includes The Dirty Dozen, a list of the fruits and vegetables likely to contain the highest amounts of pesticide residue. It features the Clean 15, a list of fruits and vegetables least likely to contain pesticides.

How this helps you: Choose organic produce when buying anything listed on The Dirty Dozen. And while we always encourage buying local and organic, if money’s tight, then it’s not going to kill you to buy conventional from the second group. As the EWG says, “The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure.”
The Dirty Dozen for 2013
  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Cherry tomatoes
  4. Cucumbers
  5. Grapes
  6. Hot peppers
  7. Nectarines (imported)
  8. Peaches
  9. Potatoes
  10. Spinach
  11. Strawberries
  12. Sweet bell peppers

Dirty Dozen Plus: Kale/collard greens and Summer squash

Find out which produce has the least amount of exposure to pesticides on Mind Body Green

If you have already begun switching to organic produce you may have noticed the size of your fruits and veggies is sometimes smaller and has a less waxy feeling than their larger “prettier” cousins in the non organic section. They may also spoil somewhat faster too. That’s perfectly natural, don’t let it concern you in any way.

A really great way to reduce the pesticides on the fruit is to wash the fruit in a water vinegar bath in the sink. The vinegar in the water helps bind to the pesticides and reduces your overall exposure.

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