The 12 fruits and vegetables with the highest concentrates of pesticides are named The Dirty Dozen. Conventionally grown produce with thin skins – like peaches and apples – absorb high levels of pesticide residue through their skin. Produce containing the highest levels of pesticide earn a spot on the annual “Dirty Dozen” list.
Research has found that people who eat five fruits and vegetables a day from the Dirty Dozen list consume an average of 10 pesticides a day. To be safe, it’s best to buy these grown organically.
The Dirty Dozen list – best to buy these organically grown:
- Bell Peppers
- Grapes (Imported)
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- Why should you care about pesticides?
- What’s the difference?
- Will washing and peeling help?
- How was this guide developed?
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