8 Fruits and Vegetables with the Most Pesticides

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Apr 18, 2015

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You can’t always have an option to buy organic produce and avoid pesticide residues. In such a scenario, make sure you know how to get rid of pesticide residues off vegetables and fruits and make them safe for consumption.
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    When it comes to fruits, apple is one of the most nutritious options. The fruit is also one of the most contaminated with higher levels of pesticides. Unsafe handling of the fruit can put your health in jeopardy.

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    Tomatoes are rich in enzymes and antioxidants. It is a common practice to spray pesticides on them. Every time you use consume tomatoes or use them in cooking, it is advised to wash them thoroughly.

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    Potatoes have been a popular staple in diets around the world. They are also among the most contaminated foods exposed to pesticides and fungicides.You must therefore, wash and peel the skin of potatoes before using them.

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    According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), spinach is one of the most frequently contaminated vegetables. The FDA studies have found 83 percent conventionally grown spinach to be contaminated with dangerous levels of chemical pesticides.

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    Peaches and nectarines are sprayed with pesticides in most conventional orchards. There is conclusive scientific evidence to suggest contamination of pesticides from multiple chemicals.

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    Grapes are an excellent source of vitamin A, C, B6 and folate besides essential minerals. However, the fruit also poses health risks because of high levels of pesticides. At different stages of growth, grapes are sprayed with pesticides and chemicals several times.

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    Red and Green Bell Peppers

    You love spicy, red and green bell peppers, but do you know they are one of the most heavily sprayed foods? Studies have found high levels of chemical pesticide residues in them.

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    Strawberries, Raspberries and Cherries

    No matter where you buy strawberries, raspberries and cherries from, they are likely to contain the highest amount of pesticide residue. High levels of pesticide and chemicals in the fruit can be removed by washing them thoroughly.

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