Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce

From one of the best websites I’ve visited in ages, the Environmental Working Group. In addition to practical tips about food contaminants, there’s a great Skin Deep “calculator” to help you determine how toxic the body care products you use are…very scary…

These 12 popular fresh fruits and vegetables are consistently the most contaminated with pesticides — buy these organic.
  1. Apples
  2. Bell Peppers
  3. Celery
  4. Cherries
  5. Grapes (imported)
  6. Nectarines
  7. Peaches
  8. Pears
  9. Potatoes
  10. Red Raspberries
  11. Spinach
  12. Strawberries

These 12 popular fresh fruits and vegetables consistently have the lowest levels of pesticides.
  1. Asparagus
  2. Avocados
  3. Bananas
  4. Broccoli
  5. Cauliflower
  6. Corn (sweet)
  7. Kiwi
  8. Mangos
  9. Onions
  10. Papaya
  11. Pineapples
  12. Peas (sweet)

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