2012 LIST OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES WITH PESTICIDES

Jun 23rd, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Pesticides Toxic to Fruits and Vegetables

Senior citizens have read about pesticides and herbicides in food for years now.  We know buying organic products is a better option, and many of us have changed our shopping habits to include organic fruits and veggies when we can find them. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a helpful organization online that identifies problems and issues with poisons of all kinds that find their way into products we use and food we eat.

The EWG recently published its list of 2012 Dirty Dozen, the fruits and veggies that contain the most pesticides and herbicides.  Seniors can find the full list of toxic foods and discussions about each at this site.

The 2012 Dirty Dozen are

  • apples
  • celery
  • sweet bell peppers
  • peaches
  • strawberries
  • imported nectarines
  • grapes
  • spinach
  • lettuce
  • cucumbers
  • domestic blueberries
  • potatoes

The EWB also published its list of low-pesticide Clean 15, the fruits and veggies that contain the least amounts of pesticides.  They are

  • onions
  • sweet corn
  • pineapples
  • avocado
  • cabbage
  • sweet peas
  • asparagus
  • mangoes
  • egg plant
  • kiwi
  • domestic cantaloup
  • sweet potatoes
  • grapefruit
  • watermelon
  • mushrooms

Seniors are encouraged to print these two lists and take them with you when you shop for fruits and vegetables.  The best option is to buy organic whenever possible.  Second best is to buy the items on the ‘Clean’ list and avoid those on the ‘Dirty’ list.



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  1. [...] The editors at SCJ have recently become aware of the amount of herbicides, pesticides and fungicides that are used on and around food that is harvested and sold in grocery stores in the US. Some of the information is a little scary. It certainly speaks for buying organically-grown food whenever possible. [...]

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