This Popular Fruit Contains the Most Pesticides

It's well known that many conventional fruit contains pesticides, so it's best to buy organic and avoid the "dirty dozen."

Fruits and vegetables with the most pesticide residue are the dirty dozen. It lists strawberries, spinach, kale, apples, grapes, cherries,

The EWG publishes a dirty dozen list each year to help shoppers make healthy decisions for themselves and their families. We asked EWG

healthy living science analyst Sydney Swanson how much pesticides are in our vegetables and how they may influence our health.

"Exposure to pesticides has been linked to many adverse health effects, including hormone disruption, cancer, and brain and nervous system

toxicity," Swanson told Eat This, Not That! "A recent Harvard University study showed that eating produce high in pesticide residues may

actually offset the beneficial effects of eating fruits and vegetables, like protection against cardiovascular disease and mortality."

"Scientists have found that two or more pesticides in combination may cause greater toxicity than just one individual pesticide," Swanson adds.

"This is alarming, as a single strawberry may have up to 23 different pesticides present on it."

"Consumers hoping to limit their pesticide exposure may choose conventional versions of the produce on the clean 15 list and purchase organic versions

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