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List of dirtiest, cleanest fruits, vegetables just might surprise you

Most-contaminated produce is strawberries

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We go to the store, mindlessly stock up on fresh produce and often never consider where it has been or what it has been exposed to before it makes its way to us.

A U.S. Department of Agriculture test of fruits and vegetables most contaminated by pesticides found 225 different pesticides and pesticide breakdown products on produce Americans eat every day.

In case you’re wondering, all of the produce was washed and peeled, just as someone would do when preparing the food at home, proving, the Environmental Working Group says, that simple washing does not necessarily remove all pesticides.

Here are EWG's "Dirty Dozen" of 2019:

  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Nectarines
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Peaches
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Tomatoes
  • Celery
  • Potatoes
  • The USDA went on to report that more than 92 percent of kale had two or more pesticide residues detected, with a single sample sometimes containing up to 18 different residues.

    One of the pesticides found on 60 percent of kale was Dacthal, or DCPA, which was classified in 1995 by the Environmental Protection Agency as a possible human carcinogen.


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