Toxins in our Fruits and Vegetables

organic fruit shopping basketThe old wisdom tells us we need to eat more fruits and vegetables but that applies to food nutrition and not to environmental toxins.  When it comes to modern farming methods we also need to pay attention to the chemicals used to grow our food.  Given that organic foods are more expensive we need to spend our dollars wisely in the places that get us the most bang for our buck.

The worst fruits and vegetables having the most pesticide residues and are the most important to buy organic:

Dirty Dozen
Highest in Pesticides



Grapes – imported
Sweet bell peppers



Kale/collard greens

The cleanest fruits and vegetables we can buy from the regular isle of our grocery store and minimize changes for ingesting toxins:

Clean 15
Lowest in Pesticide

Sweet Corn
Sweet peas
– domestic

A Complete list:

1 Apples
2 Celery
3 Strawberries
4 Peaches
5 Spinach
6 Nectarines – imported
7 Grapes – imported
8 Sweet bell peppers
9 Potatoes
10 Blueberries – domestic
11 Lettuce
12 Kale/collard greens
13 Cilantro
14 Cucumbers
15 Grapes – domestic
16 Cherries
17 Pears
18 Nectarines – domestic
19 Hot peppers
20 Green beans – domestic
21 Carrots
22 Plums – imported
23 Blueberries – imported
24 Raspberries
25 Green beans – imported
26 Summer squash
27 Oranges
28 Broccoli
29 Green onions
30 Bananas
31 Cantaloupe – imported
32 Honeydew melon
33 Cauliflower
34 Tomatoes
35 Papaya
36 Cranberries
37 Plums – domestic
38 Winter squash
39 Mushrooms
40 Grapefruit
41 Sweet potatoes
42 Watermelon
43 Cabbage
44 Kiwi
45 Cantaloupe – domestic
46 Eggplant
47 Mangoes
48 Sweet peas – frozen
49 Asparagus
50 Avocado
51 Pineapples
52 Sweet Corn
53 Onions

Source: Environmental Working Group (EWG)

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A wrestler in high school and for a brief time in college until realizing the challenges of studying and playing sports at a high level while constantly having to cut weight, he decided to coach and master the challenges of health and fitness through weightlifting and martial arts while pursuing careers in consulting and eventually the venture capital and private equity business specializing in food and nutrition industries.

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