An environmental advocacy group published information regarding the fruits and vegetables with the most pesticides present and harmful substances present. An unexpected takeaway for me was just how many chemicals (many of which are carcinogens) are present in raisins. Here’s a list of the 12 worst items and the 15 best:
According to the analysis, the 12 items with the most pesticide contamination were, from worst to best: strawberries, spinach, kale, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery and potatoes.
The 15 fruits and vegetables with the lowest levels of pesticide contamination were, from best to worst: avocados, sweet corn, pineapple, onions, papaya, frozen sweet peas, eggplants, asparagus, cauliflower, cantaloupes, broccoli, mushrooms, cabbage, honeydew melon and kiwi.