2014 Least and Most Contaminated Produce List
A Seasonal Reminder
Here is a list of the most popular fresh fruits and veggies that are consistently the most and least contaminated with pesticides.
For the most contaminated items, try to substitute organically grown produce whenever you can-or grow what you can, if possible. Even if it’s not possible to find or afford organic produce, I still recommend that you eat lots and lots of fresh fruits and veggies-this guide should come in handy to help you decide when it’s more important to buy organic.
Don’t forget!! You can’t ‘wash off’ pesticides and chemical fertilizer, it is part of the plant…
Dirty Dozen Must Buy Organic List
The following lists are based on analyses of pesticide residue after washing. For example, conventionally grown apples, strawberries, grapes (especially imported)
and celery had the highest amounts of pesticides on a single sample, nine or ten different chemicals.
As I understand it, testing hasn’t been done on what you find inside a conventionally grown fruit or vegetable. However, conventional apples start being sprayed before the flower forms; the center of each apple was once the flower. And so it is for all food conventionally grown.
For example, when I cut into an apple grown organically* in a friend’s back yard they almost always had worms in them. These worms start in the center and work their way out. To avoid this from happening, conventional produce gets exposed to chemicals early and often.
(*In this case ‘organic’ due to the fact they never did a thing to that tree, it was watered automatically, other than that –nothing. Until I showed up, the apples blossomed, fruited, rotted, fell to the ground, became compost for 15 or more years. You see these friends never did understand that food, literally, grows on trees. But they had a pantry filled with #10 cans of everything.)
While organic is the very best way to eat it is not always possible due to money constraints or scarcity of organic produce in your area.
It is important to remember that eating as much fresh, ripe, raw fruits and vegetables as you can is the key to good health and prevention of disease. So, don’t give up this way of eating, even if you can only find or afford conventional produce.
It is far better to live on conventional produce than on twinkies, white bread, coffee, processed foods of all kinds, hot dogs etc… these processed/manufactured items contain veritable chemical soup and offer no nourishment as well.
The list below should help you be able to make wise choices when buying produce.
Foods you should buy Organic if at all possible:
Compiled from several sources including analyses done by The EWG (Environmental Working Group)
EWG’s Dirty Dozen™ 2014
- grapes (especially imported)
- bell peppers
- nectarines (imported)
- cherry tomatoes
- imported snap peas
EWG’s Dirty Dozen™ Each of these foods contained a number of different pesticide residues and showed high concentrations of pesticides relative to other produce items.
Multiple Pesticides are rarely found on the following items:
EWG’s Clean Fifteen™ 2014
- Sweet corn
- frozen sweet peas
- sweet potatoes
EWG’s Clean Fifteen™ for 2014 – Relatively few pesticides were detected on these foods, and tests found low total concentrations of pesticides
So if you have to pick and choose, buy organic from the first list and go conventional from the second list.
VERY IMPORTANT TO RAW FOODERS: NEW INFORMATION
This year the Environmental Working Group is highlighting two commonly used foods in the Raw Food and Paleo arenas that contain trace levels of highly hazardous pesticides.
Leafy Greens, such as Kale and Collard, as well as hot peppers, while they don’t meet the contamination levels to get them on the Dirty Dozen list, were tested and proven to frequently be contaminated with insecticides that are toxic to the human nervous system. “EWG recommends that people who eat a lot of these foods buy organic instead.”
The information for this article was found at: http://www.ewg.org/
The Environmental Working Group is a worthwhile organization. I recommend
that you sign up for their information and make a generous donation to their