Environmental Working Group’s DirtyProduce application gives you a handy guide to the fruits and vegetables with the most and least pesticide residue. When your budget is tight or organic’s not available, you can use the “Clean 15″ and “Dirty Dozen” lists to determine which conventionally-grown produce items have the highest and lowest amounts of pesticides. Or check out the full list of 47 fruits and veggies to see how dirty (or clean) that spinach or grapefruit or whatever you’re buying is.
There is growing evidence that that small doses of some pesticides and other chemicals can cause lasting damage to human health, especially during fetal development and early childhood. Environmental Working Group’s analysis has found that consumers can reduce their pesticide exposure by 80 percent by avoiding the most contaminated fruits and vegetables and eating only the cleanest.
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