Which Fruits and Vegetables are the Most Contaminated?

Off hand, I know bananas are low in pesticide contamination. They’ve got thick hearty skins and grow way up high in a tree, so they’re unlikely to absorb tons chemicals and insecticides, but what about all the other fruits and vegetables people consume everyday?


In case you have no idea. The Environmental Working Group has updated their Shopper's Guide to Pesticides and apparently peaches are the devil, posting the highest concentrations of pesticides. Here are more factoids from the analysis:

  • Highest pesticide load were fruits: Peaches, apples, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, imported grapes and pears made the list.

From the Organic Authority Files

  • Fruits with the lowest pesticide residue: Avocados, pineapples, mangoes, kiwi, papayas, watermelon and grapefruit.
  • Vegetables with the highest pesticide residue: Sweet bell peppers, celery, kale, lettuce, and carrots. The testers found 64 pesticides on sweet bell peppers.
  • Vegetables with the lowest pesticide residue: Onions, sweet corn, asparagus, sweet peas, cabbage, eggplant, broccoli, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes.

Via Julie’s Health Club.

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