Ranking of 48 Fruits & Vegetables Based on Pesticide Residue Data


EWG analyed pesticde tests of 48 popular produce items.

All 48 foods are listed below from worst to best (lowest numbers = more pesticides)

1. Apples

2. Peaches

3. Nectarines

4. Strawberries

5. Grapes

6. Celery

7. Spinach

8. Sweet bell peppers

9. Cucumbers

10. Cherry tomatoes

11. Snap Peas

12. Potatoes

13. Hot peppers

14. Lettuce

15. Kale/collard greens

16. Cherries

17. Plums

18. Pears

19. Green beans

20. Raspberries

21. Winter Squash

22. Tangerines

23. Blueberries

24. Carrots

25. Summer Squash

26. Broccoli

27. Green onions

28. Bananas

29. Oranges

30. Tomatoes

31. Watermelon

32. Honeydew melon

33. Mushrooms

34. Sweet Potatoes

35. Cauliflower

36. Cantaloupe

37. Grapefruit

38. Eggplant

39. Kiwi

40. Papayas

41. Mangos

42. Asparagus

43. Onion

44. Sweet peas frozen

45. Cabbage

46. Pineapples

47. Sweet Corn

48. Avocados


What's the Difference?  

An EWG simulation of thousands of consumers eating high and low pesticide diets shows that people can lower their pesticide exposure by almost 90 percent by avoiding the top twelve most contaminated fruits and vegetables and eating the least contaminated instead. Eating the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables will expose a person to about 14 pesticides per day, on average. Eating the 12 least contaminated will expose a person to less than 2 pesticides per day. Less dramatic comparisons will produce less dramatic reductions, but without doubt using the Guide provides people with a way to make choices that lower pesticide exposure in the diet.

Will Washing and Peeling Help? 

Nearly all of the data used to create these lists already considers how people typically wash and prepare produce (for example, apples are washed before testing, bananas are peeled). While washing and rinsing fresh produce may reduce levels of some pesticides, it does not eliminate them. Peeling also reduces exposures, but valuable nutrients often go down the drain with the peel. The best option is to eat a varied diet, wash all produce, and choose organic when possible to reduce exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.

Alternative solution is to purchase a fruits/vege washing machine that removes 99.9% pesticide without removing any nutrients.


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Source : EWG

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