Are there pesticides in your fruit bowl?

Have you ever wondered which fruits and vegetables in your local produce department are sprayed with the most pesticides? The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has done the work for you! They selected 48 popular fruits and vegetables and used USDA and FDA data to analyze pesticide residue levels. All 48 foods are listed below from worst to best (lower numbers = more pesticides). Consider purchasing organic options of the items at the top of this list to reduce your exposure to harmful pesticides.

(Note: EWG analyzed pesticide tests of 48 popular produce items. Domestic and imported versions of three items – nectarines, blueberries and snap peas- showed sharply different results, so these are ranked as domestic and imported items separately. As a result, the full list of foods ranked by the Shopper’s Guide displays 51 entries).

Learn more at EWG.org

Guide to Pesticides in Produce Listed from Worst to Best

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

1. Apples

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

2. Strawberries

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

3. Grapes

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

4. Celery

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

5. Peaches

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

6. Spinach

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

7. Sweet bell peppers

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

8. Nectarines – imported

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

9. Cucumbers

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

10. Potatoes

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

11. Cherry tomatoes

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

12. Hot peppers

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

13. Blueberries – domestic

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

14. Lettuce

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

15. Snap peas – imported

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

16. Kale / collard greens +

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

17. Cherries

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

18. Nectarines – domestic

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

19. Pears

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

20. Plums

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists
21. Raspberries
EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

22. Blueberries – imported

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

23. Carrots

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

24. Green beans

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

25. Tangerines

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

26. Summer squash +

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

27. Broccoli

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

28. Winter squash

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

29. Green onions

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

30. Snap peas – domestic

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

31. Oranges

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

32. Tomatoes

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

33. Honeydew melon

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

34. Cauliflower

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

35. Bananas

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

36. Watermelon

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

37. Mushrooms

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

38. Sweet potatoes

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

39. Cantaloupe

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

40. Grapefruit

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

41. Kiwi

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

42. Eggplant

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

43. Asparagus

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

44. Mangos

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

45. Papayas

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

46. Sweet peas frozen

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

47. Cabbage

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

48. Avocados

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

49. Pineapples

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

50. Onions

EWG's Dirty Dozen Plus and Clean Fifteen Lists

51. Sweet Corn

This entry is adapted from content at http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/list.php

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