Saturday, July 7, 2007

The Dirty Dozen:

The 12 produce items most contaminated by pesticide residues. They are non-organic:
strawberries cherries peaches
imported grapes nectarines pears
apples sweet bell peppers
lettuce spinach celery potatoes

* The "Consistently Clean" are onions (90 percent tested negative), avocados (90 percent), sweet corn (90 percent), pineapples, mango, asparagus, sweet peas, kiwi, bananas, cabbage, broccoli and papaya.*

According to EWG, washing and rinsing fresh produce reduces but does not eliminate pesticide residues, while peeling removes valuable nutrients. Because even small doses of pesticides can be highly dangerous - especially to fetuses and developing children - EWG recommends eating a varied diet, washing all produce and eating organic whenever possible.

Released by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) data was collected from 43,000 tests on non-organic produce in 2007.

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