Spring is here, which means it’s time to enjoy all of the delicious and healthy fresh fruits and vegetables this season has to offer. But, little did you know, you may be consuming a side of pesticides with your fruit salad.
According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), nearly 70% of the produce sold in the U.S. in 2019 contains pesticide residue. Pesticides, toxic by design to kill insects and fungi, pose a health risk to people, especially children who are more susceptible to the potential hazards.
One way to reduce your exposure to pesticides is by eating certified organic produce. Organic produce is grown without conventional pesticides. Research studies show people who eat organic produce have significantly less pesticides in their bodies than those who do not.
While organic products are generally a healthier option, they can also be very expensive. Fortunately, not all conventionally grown fruits and vegetables contain high levels of pesticides. The EWG created a helpful guide for shoppers to identify which conventionally grow fruits and vegetables have the highest and lowest amounts of pesticides. Use this guide to enjoy all the health benefits of fruits and vegetables without worrying about pesticides or your grocery budget!
The Dirty Dozen
The following list of 12 conventionally grown fruits and vegetables contain the highest pesticide loads, according to the EWG. The recommendation is to choose organic versions of these items when possible.
The Clean Fifteen
These conventionally grown fruits and vegetables are least likely to have pesticide residue, so it’s not necessary to buy organic produce for these items.
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