That strawberry shortcake you made for desert final night time might need been scrumptious, nevertheless it may additionally have been loaded with pesticide residue.
The Environmental Working Group has put out its annual “Soiled Dozen” listing of fruit and veggies which have the best quantities of pesticide contamination—the 15th such listing—and strawberries are as soon as once more prime the rankings.
The whole listing shakes down like this:
- Candy bell peppers
The rankings are based mostly on exams by the U.S. Division of Agriculture and the Meals and Drug Administration on over 38,000 samples. And the outcomes are fairly scary.
Strawberries confirmed 20 pesticides on them in a single pattern, says the group. And spinach samples had, on common, 1.eight instances as a lot pesticide residue by weight than every other crop.
Earlier than going full carnivore or swearing off of something that’s non-organic, although, the group additionally put out its Clear Fifteen listing, which lists the fruit and veggies that confirmed the produce that was least more likely to have pesticide residues—and it consists of an particularly standard merchandise amongst foodies on the prime:
- Candy corn
- Frozen candy peas
Lower than 1% of samples of avocados and candy corn confirmed any detectable pesticides and 80% of pineapples, papayas, asparagus, onions, and cabbages confirmed no residue.