2018 EWG's DIRTY DOZEN

Eating organic is good if you can afford it. However, if you cannot afford to buy all organic produce, the 12 foods that have the most contamination by pesticides according to the EWG, is best to buy organic.

Strawberries

Can contain 10 or more pesticides

Spinach

Contains the pesticide permethrin

Nectarines

Can contain at least 2 different pesticides

Apples

Contains diphenylamine banned in Europe

Grapes

Contains about 5 pesticides

Peaches

Most peaches were found to have pesticides

Cherries

About 5 pesticides were found on cherries

Pears

Contains pesticides and fungicides

Tomatoes

Several pesticides were found on tomatoes

Celery

Most celery tested had pesticides

Potatoes

Has large amounts of the pesticide chlorpropham

Sweet Peppers

Most sweet peppers tested positive for posticides

Hot Peppers

Almost 75% of peppers has pesticides

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