When I go to the grocery store, I always wonder where the fruits and vegetables have been and just how clean they are. The following article pretty much sums up those questions by listing the top 10 dirtiest fruits and vegetables. After reading it, you will realize that you have to really clean your produce before eating it. To read more about how to properly clean your produce, click here. I think you will find the article below to be very valuable and make you think twice about taste testing that grape at the grocery store!
One thing to note, the same report pointed out that onions, asparagus, eggplant, avocado and pineapples are the top five cleanest fruits and veggies…so you may want to add those to your grocery list this week!
The following article is from Health.com – By Ashley Macha
Are the fruits and vegetables you buy clean enough to eat?
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) studied 100,000 produce pesticide reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to create a list of 49 of the dirtiest and cleanest produce.
So before you hit the grocery store, see how some of your favorite fruits and veggies measured up.
Did one of your favorites make the list? Don’t worry, the EWG recommends purchasing organic or locally grown varieties, which can lower pesticide intake by 80% versus conventionally grown produce.
This stalky vegetable tops the dirty list. Research showed that a single celery stalk had 13 pesticides, while, on the whole, celery contained as many as 67 pesticides.
Chemicals fester on this vegetable as it has no protective skin and its stems cup inward, making it difficult to wash the entire surface of the stalk. It’s not easy to find locally grown celery, so if you like this crunchy veggie, go organic.
Peaches are laced with 67 different chemicals, placing it second on the list of most contaminated fruits and vegetables. They have soft fuzzy skin, a delicate structure, and high susceptibility to most pests, causing them to sprayed more frequently.
This red, juicy fruit has a soft, seedy skin, allowing easier absorption of pesticides. Research showed that strawberries contained 53 pesticides. Try to buy strawberries at a local farmer’s market for a sweet dessert. (continue reading…)