The Dirty Dozen: Produce With the Most Pesticides

A Look at Organic Versus Conventional Produce

From household cleaners to food, you’re surrounded by chemical-laden products. Though the amount in food is “safer than ever,” it’s still important to take certain precautions when selecting and preparing food.

Each year, the Environmental Working Group publishes a list of the produce with the most — and least — amount of pesticides, which are designed to destroy weeds, insects and other unwanted pests.

Dubbed the dirty dozen, these fruits and vegetables are the most likely to contain the highest number of pesticides. One strawberry sample, for example, contained more than 22 pesticide residues.

Does this mean you should ax apples entirely from your diet? No. In fact, they’re a great source of antioxidants. These foods offer many nutritional benefits and are a great addition to your diet.

Organic or not, wash all foods thoroughly before consuming. Try to buy from your local farmers’ market or in-season items as much as possible. Regardless of whether you buy organic or conventional, make sure to take proper steps to preparing your food safely.