Would you like your Fruits and Veggies with a Side of Pesticide?

Avoiding the top 12 most contaminated foods

 

Everyone knows that pesticides are toxic and can pose health risks.  But if you take a bite out of an apple, are you thinking that you’re ingesting pesticides, too?  Many fruits and vegetables are sprayed with pesticides to prevent pest infestation and fungi from destroying crops.  But they can also be toxic to humans and cause diseases such as cancer and central nervous system disorders.

 

You can decrease your pesticide intake by 80% just by avoiding these top 12 most contaminated foods and by switching to organic whenever possible:

 

Highest in pesticides (switch to organic) 

 

Apples

Nectarines

Spinach

Strawberries

Grapes

Lettuce

Peaches

Celery

Potatoes

Blueberries

Sweet Bell Peppers

Kale and Collard Greens

 

 Lowest in pesticides 

 

Onions

Sweet Corn

Pineapple

Avocado

Asparagus

Sweet Peas

Mangoes

Cantaloupe

Eggplant

Kiwi

Cabbage

Watermelon

Sweet Potatoes

Grapefruit

Mushrooms

 

Even if you can’t buy organic foods, eat your fruits and vegetables and make sure to thoroughly wash food before eating. The health benefits of fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure.  Consuming fresh food, even if it is not organic, is better than eating unhealthy processed food.  Stay away from the lure of fast food and stick to fresh or frozen.