EWG 2015 list of most contaminated produce

EWGdirtyDozenThe Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released its latest list of most and least contaminated popular fresh fruits and vegetables, as analyzed for pesticide residue from USDA and FDA data.

Apples again top the list of most contaminated produce, followed in order by peaches, nectarines, strawberries, grapes, celery, spinach, sweet bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas and potatoes.

Those are the “dirtiest dozen,” the most important fresh items to buy organic, if you can. But don’t despair. Many other important items are much less or very little contaminated after a good washing, particularly in vinegar water.

The list continues in order of most to least contaminated: hot peppers, domestic blueberries, lettuce, kale/collard, cherries, plums, pears, green beans, raspberries, winter squash, tangerines, imported blueberries, carrots, summer squash, broccoli, domestic snap peas, green onions, bananas (number 30).

Following down the list of least contaminated are oranges, tomatoes, watermelon, honeydew melons, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, cantaloupe, grapefruit and eggplant (number 40).

The very least contaminated of supermarket produce items are kiwi fruit, papayas, mangos, asparagus, onions, frozen peas, cabbage, pineapples, sweet corn and avocados.

Those attempting to avoid genetically engineered produce take note that conventional supermarket summer squash, corn and papayas are likely to be from GMO seedstock.  Most supermarkets now have organic sections where you can obtain most, if not all, of the “Dirty Dozen. Unfortunately, they are usually (but not always), more expensive.

At any rate, fresh or frozen whole food is always better than processed food, which most often contains multiple doses of contaminated produce derivatives and chemical additives.

Source: Ewg.org

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