An apple a day… may stick you with a heavy pesticide load. Apples, strawberries, and celery topped the “dirty dozen” list of most-toxic produce in the Environmental Working Group’s 2011 ‘Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce’ report.
EWG compiled research on the pesticide in 53 fruits and vegetables from government studies spanning 2000-2009. You can read the whole report by registering on the EWG’s site. Here’s a peek at the worst offenders:
The EWG says consumers should “buy organic” when it comes to dirty dozen produce like those above. Among the “Clean 15,” produce with the lowest pesticide residue, were:
2. Sweet corn
Do reports like these change what’s actually on your grocery list?