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THE 12 MOST CONTAMINATED FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

23/08/2013

Dears, dears, dears… it hurts on so many levels to say it, even think about it, but here: summer is almost over. Terribly soon we will all be back to normal, meaning city life will suck us in its unforgiving pattern, you know the drill; office, home, friends, weekend trips, bar odysseys, nights to remember and days to forget. I`m quite positive going back to normal for you includes being more conscious about what you eat; judging from experience, the summer somehow always ruins the carefully planned organic-only / healthy diet, and it is only normal to be so – travelling around, not always able to find a decent place to eat, compromises with food pile up quickly. But, no more Being the helpful cutie I am, I decided to ease you in the seaside to city transition. So today I will tell you about the foods considered most harmful. Avoid those and there you go, it`s a great start before you again build up your healthy habits. My kindness is absolutely nothing compared to that of the Environmental Working Group. The good fellas compile an annual list of 12 foods with most pesticide residues. They`ve estimated that you could reduce your pesticide intake by up to 80% if you switch to organic when buying those 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables. The list is made by analyzing the Department of Agriculture`s data about pesticide residue and ranks foods based on how much or little pesticide residue they have and each annual list reflects testing data from the previous year's harvest. In general, tree fruits, berries, leafy greens dominate the list year after year.

cucumbers-farmhopping-blog

Cucumbers 35 pesticide residues are found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program and they might affect human health as follows:

9

Known or Probable Carcinogens4

25

Suspected Hormone Disruptors

12

Neurotoxins

9

Developmental or Reproductive Toxins

 apples-farmhopping-blog

 Apples

42 pesticide residues are found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program and they might affect human health as follows:

7

Known or Probable Carcinogens

19

Suspected Hormone Disruptors

10

Neurotoxins

6

Developmental or Reproductive Toxins

Celery 64 pesticide residues are found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program and they might affect human health as follows:

13

Known or Probable Carcinogens4

31

Suspected Hormone Disruptors

12

Neurotoxins

14

Developmental or Reproductive Toxins

tomatoes-farmhopping-blog

Cherry Tomatoes 35 pesticide residues are found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program and they might affect human health as follows:

5

Known or Probable Carcinogens4

14

Suspected Hormone Disruptors

6

Neurotoxins

3

Developmental or Reproductive Toxins

summer-squash-farmhopping-blog

Summer Squash 35 pesticide residues are found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program and they might affect human health as follows:

8

Known or Probable Carcinogens4

17

Suspected Hormone Disruptors

9

Neurotoxins

7

Developmental or Reproductive Toxins

strawberry-farhmopping-blog

Strawberries 54 pesticide residues are found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program and they might affect human health as follows:

9

Known or Probable Carcinogens4

24

Suspected Hormone Disruptors

11

Neurotoxins

12

Developmental or Reproductive Toxins

bell-peppers-farmhopping-blog

Sweet Bell Peppers 49 pesticide residues are found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program and they might affect human health as follows:

11

Known or Probable Carcinogens4

26

Suspected Hormone Disruptors

13

Neurotoxins

10

Developmental or Reproductive Toxins

spinach-farmhopping-blog

Spinach

42 pesticide residues are found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program and they might affect human health as follows:

8

Known or Probable Carcinogens4

25

Suspected Hormone Disruptors

8

Neurotoxins

6

Developmental or Reproductive Toxins

 potatoes-farmhopping-blog

 Potatoes

37 pesticide residues are found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program and they might affect human health as follows:

7

Known or Probable Carcinogens4

12

Suspected Hormone Disruptors

9

Neurotoxins

6

Developmental or Reproductive Toxins

peaches-farmhopping-blog

 Peaches

62 pesticide residues are found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program and they might affect human health as follows:

10

Known or Probable Carcinogens4

29

Suspected Hormone Disruptors

12

Neurotoxins

11

Developmental or Reproductive Toxins

nectarines-farhmhopping-blog

Nectarines 33 pesticide residues are found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program and they might affect human health as follows:

7

Known or Probable Carcinogens4

19

Suspected Hormone Disruptors

9

Neurotoxins

6

Developmental or Reproductive Toxins

grapes-farmhopping-blog

Grapes

34 pesticide residues are found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program and they might affect human health as follows:

4

Known or Probable Carcinogens4

17

Suspected Hormone Disruptors

10

Neurotoxins

6

Developmental or Reproductive Toxins

Stay tuned for next week`s article when I will tell you about other contaminated fruits and vegetable to avoid.