Dirty Foods

by Melissa Brunner

I was proud of myself for heading to the grocery store today to pick up a bunch of fruit. I'm glad I did it before I read a Yahoo! article titled, "The 2012 Dirty Dozen."

The article recounts an annual report from the Environmental working Group on which crops contain the most and the least amount of pesticide residue. Several items from the "dirty" list were all in my basket today - apples, peaches and strawberries.

Here's a paragraph from the article on what EWG found:

"96 percent of celery samples, 96 percent of peach samples, and 88 percent of spinach samples contained residue from one or more pesticides. Up to 15 different pesticides were detected on a single sample of grapes, 93 percent of apple samples had traces of two or more pesticides on them, and samples of lettuce sported 78 different pesticides. Cucumbers, a newcomer to the Dirty Dozen Plus, turned up 10 different pesticides on a single sample."

Yikes! Among the "clean" crops - kiwi, onions, sweet corn and watermelon. Yum!

And here's something really scary - EWS looked at baby foods for the first time and several of those samples found pesticides.

The bright side is if you remove outer leaves and wash produce under cold, running water, you can remove most of the bad stuff - which is good news, since I prefer my produce without the side of pesticide!

Here's a link to the complete article: http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/2012-dirty-dozen-plus-clean-15-buying-organic-000700620.html


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