12 fruits & vegetables most contaminated with pesticide (+ app)

We are worried about the high amount of pesticides in our food today. But to many, buying only organic is not feasible.strawberries

What do we do?  Firstly, identify fruits and vegetables most contaminated with pesticide. Then either reduce consumption or buy organic for those.

JewelPie: Dirty Dozen

Here are twelve fruits and vegetable which contain highest in pesticide residue, commonly referred to as the ‘dirty dozen’.

1. Apples
2. Celery
3. Sweet bell peppers
4. Peaches
5. Strawberries
6. Nectarines
7. Grapes
8. Spinach
9. Lettuce
10. Cucumber
11. Blueberries
12. Potatoes

Can’t remember all twelve of them? Download EWG Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce. They also include the Clean 15. If you choose fruits from this group instead of dirty dozen, it will reduce your consumption of pesticide by more than 85%


Remember to eat your fruits and vegetables, pesticide or not. According to EWG , the health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure.

Which fruits of vegetables in the dirty dozen do you consume most?

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