This year the top three places on the list are kale, spinach and strawberries. This was noted by the Environment Working Group (EWG), which published a list of foods that contain the most pesticides.
This report states that kale and spinach contain 10 to 80% more pesticide residues than any other fruits or vegetables. This list is based on the pesticide test results that show that more than 92% of the normal size Kale has at least two pesticide residues after its washout, and some contain as much as 18.
A toxicologist Alexis Temkin, an ecological worker researcher, said: “We are surprised that we have so many pesticides in the kale, but the results of this research are unequivocal”.
Also, according to this survey, the list of food products that contain the most pesticides are apples, grapes, peaches, nectarines, cherries, pears, tomatoes, potatoes, and celery.
On the other hand, the list of least polluted are avocados, peas, sweet corn, onions, pineapple, eggplant, papaya, kiwi, cabbage, cauliflower, asparagus, melons, broccoli, mushrooms and zucchini.
This report states that consumers should buy organic products whenever they can, but researchers say this does not mean that people who can not afford organic fruits and vegetables should not consume this food in any way.
This research also showed that organic products have fewer pesticide residues than those that are conventionally grown. We all know that pesticides help protect cultures from insects and infections, but research has shown a correlation between exposure to pesticide and health complications, as well as the bad effects on the human body.
Analyst Carla Barnes of the Ecological Working Group said: “The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of exposure to pesticides”.
Source: cnbc.com / healthyfoodhouse.com