Although mainstream media seems to devalue organic produce, more and more people still choose as a healthier alternative to conventional produced loaded with synthetic pesticides.
Most people are well informed about the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen from the Environmental Working Group, a list which points out that most fruits and veggies to buy organic, although it is recommended to buy all organic, if possible.
In spite of the growing awareness of lists like this one, realizing how contaminated most of the popular American fruits and veggies are is of utmost importance.
The amount of pesticides on the five most polluted types of produce is enormous, particularly when considering the fact that many “healthy eating programs” still suggest them and somehow omit to mention the high levels of toxic compounds they contain. Four of these fruits and veggies have been found to contain up to pesticide residues over samples taken by the USDA.
The Top Five Pesticide Soaked Fruits and Vegetables
With such staggering amounts of pesticides on each of these products, the best would be to avoid them completely.
Strawberries are the 1st on this list! According to the EWG’s research, they can be packed with toxic pesticides despite the fact that they seem healthy at first glance.
“It is startling to see how heavily strawberries are contaminated with residues of hazardous pesticides, but even more shocking is that these residues don’t violate the weak U.S. laws and regulations on pesticides in food,” said Sonya Lunder, EWG Senior Analyst.
Pesticides with adverse effects on the nervous system and the brain have been found in spades on strawberries, with up to 45 different pesticide residues found by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Data Program (PDP) in 2009.
Although organic strawberries are more expensive, they are definitely worth the investment.
Taking into account their reputation as healthy food, apples are probably the most notable inclusion on the list. Also, did you know that most of the apple orchards remain conventional, yet American apples were banned in the E.U.? More than 47 pesticide residues were found in apples by the USDA’s pesticide data program in 2010.
Peaches have soft skin which combined with many different chemicals they are treated could seriously affect the overall health.
A 2008 study has found 62 pesticide residues on conventional peaches, some of which are known carcinogens and neurotoxins. Although you can wash some of them off, much of it is bound to the flesh.
Just like peaches, with their round shape, orange color, and soft skin nectarines also soap up pesticides like a sponge. Therefore, you are left with two options: to buy organic or at least limit their consumption.
According to the 2012 EWG report, nectarines had the most weight of pesticides of any fruit and veggie, which means that you are eating these detrimental compound in every bite and compromising your liver`s health.
Conventional celery might contain up to 64 pesticide residues, out of which 16 are considered toxic to honey bees, according to USDA data.