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Eating Pesticides

Before you prepare your fruits and vegetables for consumption, you should wash them thoroughly.

If non-organic, they may have been covered in pesticides and herbicides during the growing process.

Organic doesn’t mean safe, it may merely mean safer than fruits and vegetables grown without pesticides.  Don’t forget all the people who touched them from the time of harvesting to displaying at your local vendor – this means bacteria that can cause foodborne illnesses.

Washing doesn’t cure everything.

The following is a list of fruits and vegetables that contain the highest levels of pesticides even after washing: green beans, peaches, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, pears, apples, blueberries, cherries, collard greens, grapes and kale.

And this is a list of fruits and vegetables that contain the lowest levels of pesticides after washing: sweet corn, onions, pineapples, grapefruit, bananas, oranges, cauliflower, potatoes, winter squash, summer squash, broccoli and carrots.

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