EWG has released its 2012 guide to avoiding the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables. Click here to see the list. (if a commercial appears, just click continue at the top)It will help you determine which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues and are the most important to buy organic.
You can lower your pesticide intake substantially by avoiding the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and eating the least contaminated produce.
Serve your family the best, not the worst. Before you didn't know for sure. Now you have the list.
You just must read the list. Many people cannot afford to buy all certified organic. But you can at least avoid the produce that appear to have the most pesticide residue on them by buying these certified organic.
I note that
Worst: apples, grapes, lettuce and tomatoes are among the worst.
Best: mangoes, avocados, onions, cabbage, and watermelon are among the best
So serve your family the best, not the worst, by buying certified organic apples, celery, lettuce, grapes, and tomatoes.
Then you can save money by buying regular produce that tested best: like
mangoes, avocados, onions, cabbage, and watermelon are among the best.
How they came up with their results
This FAQ has useful information, such as "how about washing fruit and vegetables?"
For example, many people think that just washing the produce will get rid of the pesticides. In the FAQ it says that they DID wash the produce before they tested , and the worst ones still had residues.
Because the pesticides are systemic - they get inside through the soil and the water.
So beware: just washing or even peeling is not the solution. The pesticides get inside through the water and the soil.
Avoid the worst (like apples, lettuce, grapes, celery and tomatoes) by buying these certified organic.
Where do I find certified organic? Just go to Safeway, Raley's, Lucky or wherever and look for the words certified organic
How about the farmer's market? Iffy. I went to the farmer's market near here and lots of produce was brought in in commercial big agriculture boxes, then sold by a smiling country looking person to fool you into thinking it is a family thing. Also, the family small farm stuff may also be loaded with pesticides.
Best bet: certified organic
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