New York – Fruits and vegetables are very helpful for better health, unless it’s ridden with pesticides.
For the 10th year in a row, nonprofit advocacy agency the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released its list of the most pesticide-contaminated produce, and once again Apples top the Dirty Dozen.
The Dirty Dozen, part of the EWG’s yearly Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, is compiled from U.S. Department of Agriculture data on 48 fruits and veggies with pesticide residue data. About 65 percent of the produce samples test positive.
That’s bad news for a few reasons: Pesticides have been linked to developmental problems in children, and may act as carcinogens or throw off the endocrine system, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Apples once again top the Dirty Dozen list. Almost every sample — 99 percent! — tested positive for at least one pesticide residue.
A single strawberry sample tested positive for 13 different pesticides.
A single grape sample contained 15 pesticides.
A single celery sample tested positive for 13 different pesticides.
Peaches ranked fifth on the 2014 Dirty Dozen.
The leafy green is once again sixth on the list.
7. Sweet Bell Peppers
Bell peppers land at No. 7 again this year.
Every sample of imported nectarines analyzed by the EWG tested positive for at least one pesticide.
Not much has changed for the cucumber, which also ranked ninth on last year’s Dirty Dozen list.
10. Cherry Tomatoes
Like snap peas, a single sample of cherry tomatoes also tested positive for 13 different pesticides.
The average potato sample was found to carry more pesticides by weight than any of the other foods tested.
12. Snap Peas
A single snap pea sample carried 13 different pesticides.