An apple a day may … increase cancer rates and cause Parkinson’s disease?
That isn’t the classic phrase. However, pesticides are rewriting the rules on health. Non-organic apples can contain up to 42 different toxic pesticides. In fact, Europe recently banned America’s apples because their toxins pose such dramatic health risks.
Many of you might already know about the infamous toxins in conventional apples. How about the other 50 fruits and vegetables most commonly consumed? We want to know what’s in those, too — which is why the Environmental Working Group (EWG) provides a detailed and revised pesticide guide every year.
Thanks to this pesticide map below you’ll know when to spend the extra effort and dime on your food.
The “Dirty Dozen” List, or foods with the highest pesticide ranking:
7. Sweet bell peppers
8. Nectarines (imported)
10. Cherry tomatoes
11. Snap peas (imported)
The “Dirty Dozen Plus” includes:
And the fruits and veggies with the least pesticides (the “Clean Fifteen”) are:
The “Clean Fifteen” List, or foods with the lowest pesticide ranking:
2. Sweet corn
5. Sweet peas (frozen)
15. Sweet potatoes
Remember that one time Congress demanded the EPA provide consumers with crucial pesticide information? The EPA’s memory seems a little fuzzy. They provided general pesticide information three years later. What they didn’t do: reveal to consumers where pesticides are actually found. Thankfully, the Environmental Working Group picked up the EPA’s slack by publishing the annual Shopper’s Guide, which details the most and least toxic-laden produce.
Keep reading for EWG’s complete list of 51 pieces of produce ranked from worst to best on the pesticide scale.