These “Dirty Dozen” Fruits and Vegetables Are Loaded With Pesticides

The recent “Dirty Dozen” report for 2018 contains a great deal of meaningful insight on the foods we should and should not eat, and since it includes nutritious food items like spinach, strawberries and apples, experts have started speculated over whether or not we should really avoid eating them.

Individuals who are careful, health conscious and mindful always find time to work on adding more nutrients to their diet with more vegetables and fruits, and carefully examining the nutritional benefits of each food item that makes its way to their dining table. According to the 2018 report by the Environmental Working Group, there are many indications and causes for speculation that compel shoppers to reassess and examine the pros and cons of every single item they add to their grocery carts.

Organic Produce Pesticides

Based on their report on pesticides in local produce, the researchers revealed that strawberries stock up the highest residue of pesticides, and that too for the third time in a row. Due to modern growing methods and rampant use of pesticides, the nutritional value of strawberries is highly compromised. Researchers reported that nearly 1/3 of all the strawberries sampled during the experiment had more than 10 pesticides, and one berry alone contained over 22 different pesticide residues.

Listed below are all the vegetables and fruits that contain the highest concentration of contaminants:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Sweet Bell Peppers
  3. Pears
  4. Spinach
  5. Grapes
  6. Pears
  7. Nectarines
  8. Peaches
  9. Tomatoes
  10. Celery
  11. Apples
  12. Cherries
  13. Potatoes

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