12 Foods that Top the Pesticide Contamination List

Strawberries top the “Dirty Dozen” list yet again according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG). This list is published each year to rank popular fruit and vegetables based on their pesticide contamination. They found that conventional, non organic strawberries were found to have an astounding 22 pesticide residues. EWG emphasises studies show that pesticides in high concentration can lead to health problems, especially in young children.

Roundup, created by the chemical giant Monsanto is the most widely used weed killer. It’s sprayed on everything from tiny flower beds, school grounds, parks, gardens to vast fields of crops. 
Roundup is particularly worrying for our kids because their detoxification pathways aren’t as established as adults and therefore their exposure needs to be significantly reduced. All non-organic fruit and vegetables need to be washed to remove as much of this harmful chemical as possible. 

The Dirty Dozen

The full list of the dirty dozen (foods most contaminated by chemical residue) includes:

❎Strawberries⠀
❎Spinach⠀
❎Nectarines⠀
❎Apples⠀
❎Grapes⠀
❎Peaches⠀
❎Cherries⠀
❎Pears⠀
❎Tomatoes⠀
❎Celery⠀
❎Potatoes⠀
❎Sweet bell peppers.

How to remove harmful chemicals from food

Follow these instructions to remove chemical residue of your fresh fruit and vegetables.

  • Fill the kitchen sink with 4 parts water to 1 part white vinegar
  • Leave them to soak for approximately 15 minutes
  • Rinse well and store

The Clean 15

The Environmental Working Group believes these are the safest foods to buy as conventional non-organic produce. ⠀The full list of the clean 15 includes: ⠀


✅Avocado⠀
✅Sweet corn⠀
✅Pineapple⠀
✅Onion⠀
✅Papaya⠀
✅Sweet peas⠀
✅Papayas⠀
✅Eggplant⠀
✅Asparagus⠀
✅Cauliflower⠀
✅Cantaloupe⠀
✅Broccoli⠀
✅Mushrooms⠀
✅Cabbage⠀
✅Honeydew Melon⠀
✅Kiwi.

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