Pesticides contaminate the vast majority of foods we eat, with even ‘organic’ fruit and vegetables testing positive in some cases.
Pesticides are known to have some serious negative effects on human health, and should really be avoided at all costs, however it is hard for the average person to tell how pesticide-soaked their food might be.
Every year the Environmental Working Group release their lists of the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen to help consumers make better choices to stay away from pesticides.
Here are the top five foods that are known to be laden with pesticides.
Strawberries tested were found to contain over 45 different pesticides in some cases. There are no ‘organic’ strawberry farms in the whole of Florida which produces most of the countries strawberries meaning, so to be 100% pesticide free you should consider growing your own.
Many peoples go-to health snack, apples were found to be laced with pesticides. American apples were even recently banned in Europe over health concerns.
The soft skin of the nectarine makes it easy for pesticides to really penetrate the fruit making washing them a futile task. in 2012 nectarines were found to have the most overall weight of pesticides than any other fruit.
Similar to the nectarine, the peaches soft skin leaves it vulnerable to attack from pesticides. In a 2008 study over 62 different pesticides were found in peaches, many thought to be carcinogens.
Celery was found to contain up to 64 different pesticides making this the first vegetable to appear on the list. Organic celery is easy to come by and far less toxic.
Consider this list the next time you go grocery shopping, buy organic where possible but to be sure there’s no pesticides on your food consider growing your own fruit and veg yourself.