The Environmental Working Group (EWG) publishes an annual Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides. Below is the full list released June 2014 of 48 of the most popular fruits and vegetables ranking them from the greatest amount of chemical residues (herbicides, pesticides and insecticides) – Worst choices – to those with the least chemical residues – Best choices.
According to EWG calculations on their website, “You can lower your pesticide consumption by nearly four-fifths by avoiding the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and instead eating the least contaminated produce. When you eat the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables, you’ll be exposed to an average of 10 pesticides a day. When you choose fresh produce from the 15 least contaminated fruits and vegetables, you’ll consume fewer than 2 pesticides per day.”
What if the most contaminated fruits and vegetables are some of your favorites?
In order to avoid ingesting so many harmful chemical additives make a point to always buy organic produce for those fruits and vegetables ranked the most contaminated or if you do purchase conventionally-grown varieties consume them sparingly. And remember children are more vulnerable to toxic chemical exposure because of their developing bodies.
The Full List: 48 Fruits and Veggies
|Rank||Fruit or Veggie|
|7||Sweet Bell Peppers|
|11||Snap Peas (Imported)|
|16||Kale / Collard Greens|
|29||Snap Peas (Domestic)|
|47||Sweet Peas (Frozen)|
Note: EWG analyzed pesticide tests of 48 popular produce items. Domestic and imported versions of three items – nectarines, blueberries and snap peas- showed sharply different results, so they have ranked those domestic and imported items separately. As a result, the full list of foods ranked by the Shopper’s Guide displays 51 entries.