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12 Foods With High Amounts of Pesticides

With all this talk about getting our daily servings of fruits and veggies, we may forget about other concerns on those foods aside from nutrients: pesticides, some of which have been classified as cancer-causing agents.

I eat a lot of fruits and veggies so I do my best to avoid pesticides but some foods have more than others, and it's hard to keep track. In an effort to make your next trip to the grocery store a little easier, here are the top twelve fruits and vegetables that contain the greatest amounts of pesticide residue:

  1. peaches
  2. strawberries
  3. apples
  4. spinach
  5. nectarines
  6. celery
  7. pears
  8. cherries
  9. potatoes
  10. sweet bell peppers
  11. raspberries
  12. grapes (imported)

Looking to get the least pesticides in your diet? Then


To avoid pesticides altogether your best bet is to buy organic foods — definitely those on the above list, if not all fruits and veggies. If you're not quite there yet, then you should wash and peel any of the above fruits and vegetables (that can be peeled) to reduce the amount of pesticides found on the food.


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