The Environmental Working Group has culled the results of nearly 43,000 tests for pesticides on produce by the Department of Agriculture and the FDA between 2000 and 2004 to come up with a two lists, the dirty dozen, and consistently clean. Consumers can cut their pesticide exposure by up to 90% by avoiding the most contaminated produce. Eating the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables will expose a person to about 15 pesticides per day. Eating the 12 least contaminated produce will expose a person to less than two a day. This is very important to remember when you are making baby food or giving your child snacks! Don't expose your child to these harmful toxins.
The Dirty Dozen includes: peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, pears, imported grapes, spinach, lettuce, and potatoes.
Consistently Clean produce included: Onions, avocadoes, sweet corn, pineapples, mangos, asparagus, sweet peas, kiwi, bananas, cabbage, broccoli, and papaya.
Although, washing and peeling reduces some levels of pesticides, it does not get rid of them entirely. Buy organic!
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