Never Eat Apples That Are Not Organic…
For the 5th yr running, Apples topped the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” list as the fruit with the highest levels of pesticides.
Peaches, nectarines, and grapes took 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place. But the EWG found that 2 types of produce, green leafy greens and hot peppers, were so contaminated with pesticides that they deserved a category of their own, the “Dirty Dozen Plus.”
One of the Key reasons people eat Organic is to avoid pesticides, which are used liberally in growing many foods.
A study published in February in Environmental Health Perspectives found that they are doing their bodies a favor. Researchers reported that people who eat Organic fruits and vegetables had significantly lower amounts of organophosphates (OPs) in their bodies than those who eat conventionally grown produce.
OPs are components of many insecticides and herbicides, and they have been linked to numerous health problems.
A Y 2010 study found a link between OPs and an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Another study the same year found a dramatic increase in the risk of ADHD in children with high levels of OP residues in their urine.
Almost 66% of the produce samples tested by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) contained pesticide residues, and the Environmental Working Group (EWG)’s “Dirty Dozen” list contains the most.
With Apples as the “dirtiest,” the rest of the list is as follows: peaches, nectarines, strawberries, grapes, celery, spinach, sweet bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas and potatoes.
The EWG considers the “Dirty Dozen Plus” green leafy greens and hot peppers particularly toxic to human health.
The “Clean Fifteen” list, on the other hand, includes Organic fruits and vegetables found to have the least amount of pesticides.