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Strawberries Still the Dirtiest of the 'Dirty Dozen'

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  • EWG analyzed tests from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which revealed close to 70 percent of conventionally grown produce samples contained pesticide residues
  • In all, 230 different pesticides and pesticide breakdown products were identified in more than 38,800 nonorganic samples
  • Strawberries ranked No. 1 in terms of pesticide residues, with up to 22 different pesticides found on a single berry; nearly all of the strawberry samples (99 percent) contained at least one detectable pesticide residue, while 20 percent contained 10 or more
  • More than 98 percent of samples of the top six “dirtiest” produce items (strawberries, spinach, peaches, nectarines, cherries and apples) contained at least one pesticide, while spinach contained 1.8 times more pesticide residue by weight than any other crop
  • The best way to avoid pesticide residues in your food is to choose those that haven’t been exposed to them to begin with, i.e., go organic

By Dr. Mercola

Fresh produce, whether organic or conventionally grown, is one of the healthiest food choices you can make. Organic produce gains an edge, however, because it tends to be more nutritious, tastes better and, importantly, does not contain pesticide residues like conventional produce does. In fact, the No. 1 reason people go organic is to avoid pesticides and other chemicals, and the majority of Americans consume organic food at least occasionally.


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