An apple a day may no longer be enough
Apples are on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 2013 Dirty Dozen list.
- Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce
THE DIRTY DOZEN PLUS
These are the fruits and veggies highest in pesticide residues and the ones most worth buying organic. The closer to the top of the list an item appears, the more pesticides it contains. The “Plus” category is for produce that doesn’t meet the usual criteria for inclusion but that was commonly contaminated with insecticides that are highly toxic to the nervous system.
Sweet bell peppers
Kale and collard greens
Summer squash & zucchini
THE CLEAN FIFTEEN
These are the items lowest in pesticide residue (shown from least to most); no need to buy organic if you don’t want to.
Sweet peas (frozen)
— 2013 Environmental Working Group
Posted: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 7:00 am
Updated: 5:10 pm, Thu Feb 27, 2014.
If you really want to keep the doctor away, you may need to make that apple organic…
While researchers continue to debate whether or not organic foods are more nutritional than conventionally grown fruits and vegetables, all agree that choosing organic can help shoppers reduce their exposure to potentially hazardous pesticides — something that’s especially important for pregnant women and young children.
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 7:00 am.
Updated: 5:10 pm.