Spinach And Kale Have More Pesticide Reside Than Any Other Produce

March 21, 2019

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The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released it's annual "Dirty Dozen" list of produce harboring the most pesticide residues and for the first time, kale made the list and coming in at number three, after strawberries and spinach!  According to testing by the USDA and the FDA over 92% of kale samples grown the usual ways have two or more pesticide residues, with some up to 18. While strawberries contain the most pesticide residues, Kale and spinach samples had, on average, 10% to 80% more pesticide residue by weight than any other crop. Nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery and potatoes round out the list. The group cites medical reports that even low levels of pesticide exposure can be harmful to children. Pesticide exposure during pregnancy and early childhood increases the risk of brain tumors, leukemia, neurodevelopmental defects and other adverse birth outcomes. The EWG recommends that whenever possible, consumers purchase organic versions of produce on the Dirty Dozen list. However the benefits of eating a produce-packed diet, organic or conventional, far outweigh the “risk” of any possible pesticide exposure. Always rinse produce before consuming or cooking with it. On the flip side, avocados and sweet corn were the cleanest with less than 1% of samples showed any detectable pesticides.

SOURCE: Men's Health, Newser & EWG

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