Topping the list of the most pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables are strawberries, which can contain as many as 20 different pesticides. The Environmental Working Group released its annual “Dirty Dozen” list.
Another favorite, spinach, climbed the list from 8th last year to 2nd for 2017. A disturbing fact is permethrin, a neurotoxin banned in Europe but still used here in the United States, was found on approximately 75% of tested samples. Permethrin was also found in higher levels in the urine of children more likely to have ADHD & can cause seizures as well as endocrine (hormonal) and neurological damage. Additionally, permethrin is used here in the U.S. to control head lice and is embedded in mosquito and tick-repellent fabrics. It is commonly used on nut, fruit, vegetable, cotton, ornamental, mushroom, potato and cereal crops.
More bad news for spinach: mandipropam, fluopicolide and ametoctradin, which are used to kill mold and mildew – were found in higher rates this year. In previous years their presence was not found on this and other produce.
New additions to the list were pears and potatoes which edged out cherry tomatoes and cukes.
In contrast, the Environmental Working Group’s “Clean 15” is as follows: corn, avocados, pineapples, cabbage, onions, (frozen) sweet peas, papayas, asparagus, mangoes, eggplant, honeydew melon, kiwi, cantaloupe, cauliflower and grapefruit.
It is important to note that even at low levels, pesticides have a cumulative effect. Children absorb them at a rate ten times that of adults. Because their systems are still developing, it is wise to limit their exposure. Important READ —> If You Use Pesticides, READ THIS!
Best bet? BUY ORGANIC when you can!