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Top 12 Toxic Fruits and Veggies

Posted Jun 25 2010 8:47am

Step away from that spinach. Put down the peach.

Don’t you know that stuff can kill you?!

But wait…fruits and vegetables are good for us. Right?

They should be. But if you’re eating non-organic produce you may be unknowingly consuming 67 different pesticides right along with it. This according to the most recent report from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Pesticide Data Program.

Fruits and vegetables with soft skins are the most susceptible to absorbing pesticides. And of course these are the ones we usually consume whole…skin on…upping our exposure to the toxic chemicals that have been tied to skin and lung irritation, hormone imbalances, nervous system toxicity, and cancer.

All 202 pages of the USDA’s report can be found here, but luckily the non-profit Environmental Working Group ( EWG ) has scoured all the data for us to provide us with the “Dirty Dozen.”

The “Dirty Dozen,” according to EWG, are:

Celery
Peaches
Strawberries
Apples
Domestic blueberries
Nectarines
Sweet bell peppers
Spinach, kale, and collard greens
Cherries
Potatoes
Imported grapes
Lettuce

EWG provides a handy free wallet shopping-guide with their “Dirty Dozen” as well as their “Clean 15” here.

So some of your favorites are on this list right? Mine too. The good news as that you can reduce your exposure to pesticides by up to 80% just by making the switch to organic. Most grocery stores now stock organic choices and you can always check out your local Farmers’ Market. And if you need to save cash choose organic soft skin produce but switch to regular for fruit that you peel like bananas and oranges.

Going organic… and pesticide …free,

Alice Wessendorf

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