10 dirty fruits and veggies
Are the fruits and vegetables you buy clean enough to eat?
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) studied 100,000 produce pesticide
reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration to create a list of 49 of the dirtiest and cleanest produce.
So before you hit the grocery store, see how some of your favorite fruits
and veggies measured up.
Did one of your favorites make the list? Don't worry, the EWG
recommends purchasing organic or locally grown varieties, which can
lower pesticide intake by 80% versus conventionally grown produce.
This stalky vegetable tops the dirty list. Research showed that a single
celery stalk had 13 pesticides, while, on the whole, celery contained as
many as 67 pesticides.
Chemicals fester on this vegetable as it has no protective skin and its
stems cup inward, making it difficult to wash the entire surface of the
stalk. It’s not easy to find locally grown celery, so if you like this
crunchy veggie, go organic.
Peaches are laced with 67 different chemicals, placing it second on the
list of most contaminated fruits and vegetables. They have soft fuzzy skin,
a delicate structure, and high susceptibility to most pests, causing them
to spray more frequently.
This red, juicy fruit has a soft, seedy skin, allowing easier absorption of
pesticides. Research showed that strawberries contained 53 pesticides. Try
to buy strawberries at a local farmer’s market for a sweet dessert.
Apples are high-maintenance fruit, needing many pesticides to stave off
mold, pests, and diseases. The EWG found 47 different kinds of pesticides
on apples, and while produce washes can help remove some of the residues,
they’re not 100% effective.
These antioxidant-rich berries have a thin layer of skin that allows
chemicals to more easily contaminate the fruit. Domestic blueberries were
loaded with 13 pesticides on a single sample, according to the EWG.
Imported blueberries also made the list at No. 14 for the dirtiest produce.
Sweet bell pepper
This crunchy, yet thin-skinned, the vegetable is highly susceptible to pesticides. According to the EWG, sweet bell peppers showed traces of 63
types of pesticides. While some pesticides can be washed away, many still remain.
Spinach, kale, collard greens
These leafy green vegetables are on the list, with spinach loaded with 45
different kinds of pesticides and kale 57.
In 2006, Dole recalled bagged baby spinach after multiple E. coli illnesses
associated with the vegetable made their way across the country, and many more since then.
These tiny fruits have extremely thin skins, allowing for easy absorption of pesticides. And think twice before buying imported wine. The grapes that
go into the wine could be coming from vineyards that use too many pesticides.
Have you ever indulged in a potato skin at your favorite restaurant? You might want to think twice before eating the skin. This spud was highly laced with pesticides—36, according to the EWG—that are needed to prevent pests and diseases.
Cherries, like blueberries, strawberries, and peaches, have a thin coating
of skin—often not enough to protect the fruit from harmful pesticides.
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Research showed cherries grown in the U.S. had three times the number of
pesticides as imported cherries. Because cherries contain ellagic acid, an
antioxidant that neutralizes carcinogens, it’s worthwhile to buy organic or
seek imported ones.
, on Tue Feb 8, 2011
30 Reasons to Eat More Fruits and Veggies. By Bruce Brightman
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