Food high and low in pesticide residues

Updated: Jan 28, 2019


Nowadays we all have heard of the benefits of buying and eating ORGANIC food. Would be ideal to eat only that type of fresh products. If your budget is limited, make these ones a priority for organic purchase.

Here we leave a list of food with the highest and the lowest in pesticide residues according to the Environmental Working Group (2012). Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce:

​HIGHEST in pesticide residues

• Apples

• Celery • Strawberries • Peaches • Spinach • Nectarines (imported) • Grapes (imported) • Sweet Bell Peppers • Potatoes • Blueberries • Lettuce • Kale • Collard Greens • Milk

LOWEST in pesticide residues

• Onion • Sweet Corn • Pineapple • Avocado • Cabbage • Sweet Peas • Asparagus • Mangoes • Aubergine • Kiwis • Melon • Sweet potatoes • Grapefruit • Watermelon • Mushrooms

Source: Environmental Working Group (2012). Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce



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