Are Your Favorite Foods Among the Dirty Dozen or the Clean 15?

Vegetables and fruit are rich in vitamins and minerals that are vital to human health. But when they are heavily sprayed with pesticides, the residue has the opposite effect. (Image:  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)
Vegetables and fruit are rich in vitamins and minerals that are vital to human health. But when they are heavily sprayed with pesticides, the residue has the opposite effect. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Vegetables and fruits are rich in vitamins and minerals that are vital to human health. But when they are heavily sprayed with pesticides, the residue has the opposite effect.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has recently issued a shopper’s guide on clean and dirty produce. Among 48 common produce selected, 70 percent were found to be contaminated with pesticides. According to the data collected by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), about 178 different kinds of chemicals were found among 35,000 produce items. The toxic residue remains even after washing or peeling.

Strawberries top EWG’s list of fruits and vegetables with the most amount of pesticides found.

The USDA’s survey has shown that 98 percent of produce was found to be contaminated with at least one kind of pesticide. Strawberries were found with 20 types of chemicals.

Strawberries were found with 20 types of chemicals. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Strawberries were found with 20 types of chemicals. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

The dirty dozen

  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Nectarines
  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Tomatoes
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Potatoes

Approximately 80 percent of produce in the clean list was found to be pesticide-free:

Approximately 80% of produce in the clean list were found to be pesticide-free. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Approximately 80 percent of produce in the clean list was found to be pesticide-free. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

The clean 15

  • Sweet corn
  • Avocados
  • Pineapple
  • Cabbage
  • Onions
  • Sweet peas
  • Papayas
  • Asparagus
  • Mangoes
  • Eggplant
  • Honeydew melon
  • Kiwi
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cauliflower
  • Grapefruit

Translated by Cecilia.

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