The non-profit research organization Environmental Working Group reports periodically on health risks posed by pesticides. According to this group, you can reduce your pesticide exposure by almost 50% by avoiding the following fruits and vegetables that are found to contain the most pesticides. This is very helpful information since not all of us can afford to go 100% organic every time we shop. You can still remarkably lower your pesticide exposure if you stick to organic for just the foods on this list:
- Bell Peppers
- Grapes (Imported)
The dirty dozen list only reflects measurable pesticide residues on the parts of the foods normally consumed (i.e. after being washed and peeled). The EWG Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides (“Dirty Dozen List”) can be downloaded here.