Shoppers guide to pesticides

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How healthy is your fresh fruit and veg?

vegThe most effective way to avoid pesticides in your food is to choose organic. When organic is not available, it’s good to know that there is now a Shopper’s Guide to Pestcides, to help you choose the produce least likely to be pesticide-laden… and which you might like to avoid.

Researched and published FREE by the Environment Working Group, the new Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides is available on www.foodnews.org/ and lists 47 fruit and veg types. Each has a score, based on the percentage found with contamination, and the number of different pesticides they found in each food sample.

EWG estimate from simulations that eating the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables will expose a person to about 10 pesticides per day, on average. Eating the 15 least contaminated will expose a person to less than 2 pesticides per day.

Revealed – the worst offenders

Non-organic growers of peaches, nectarines, apples, sweet bell peppers and celery come out looking very dodgy.

RANK

FRUIT + VEG

SCORE

1 (worst) Peach 100 (highest pesticide load)
2 Apple 93
3 Sweet Bell Pepper 83
4 Celery 82
5 Nectarine 81

What looks good enough to eat?

The fruits least likely to have pesticide residues on them are avocados, pineapples, mangoes, kiwi, papayas, watermelon and grapefruit. The vegetables least likely to have pesticides on them are onions, sweet corn, asparagus, sweet peas, cabbage, eggplant, broccoli, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes.

Discover all the details at the Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides.

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