Pesticides are a health concern that are making many families switch to buying organic fruits and vegetables. Most of the risks from pesticides are linked to specific fruits and vegetables. These are the top 10 fruits and vegetables that you should buy organic.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) says almost 80% of pesticide consumption comes from the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables based on their analysis of data collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. EWG used a scale of 1 to 100 to measure the pesticide load on 47 fruits and vegetables. All testing was done after washing the produce. This is their top 10 list of fruits and vegetables you should buy organic to reduce pesticide consumption.
Organic Fruits and Vegetables: Peaches
Peaches had the highest pesticide load of 100 and the most pesticides overall with 53 different pesticides found on the samples tested. Peaches are a good source of vitamins A and C and potassium.
Organic Fruits and Vegetables: Apples
Apples had the second highest pesticide load of 93. Apples are an excellent source of pectin and vitamin C.
Organic Fruits and Vegetables: Sweet Bell Peppers
Sweet bell peppers had the third highest pesticide load of 83. Peppers are an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of folate and vitamins A, B6 and K.
Organic Fruits and Vegetables: Celery
Celery had the fourth highest pesticide load of 82. Celery provides folic acid, potassium, B vitamins and vitamin C.
Organic Fruits and Vegetables: Nectarines
Nectarines had the fifth highest pesticide load of 81. Nectarines are a good source vitamins A and C and beta carotene.
Organic Fruits and Vegetables: Strawberries
Strawberries had the sixth highest pesticide load of 80. Strawberries provide vitamin C, manganese and iodine.
Organic Fruits and Vegetables: Cherries
Cherries came in seventh with a pesticide load of 73. Cherries are a good source of vitamins A and C, potassium and manganese.
Organic Fruits and Vegetables: Kale
Kale takes eighth place with a pesticide load of 69. It’s a good source of iron, calcium, vitamins C and K and carotenoids.
Organic Fruits and Vegetables: Lettuce
Ninth place goes to lettuce with a pesticide load of 67. All lettuce provides chlorophyll and vitamin K.
Organic Fruits and Vegetables: Imported Grapes
Imported grapes are tenth on the list with a pesticide load of 66. Grapes are a good source of vitamins C and K.
Sources: foodnews.org, organicconsumers.org