Most & Least Contaminated Fruits and Vegetables
Top Twelve Most Contaminated Fruits and Vegetables:
Peaches, Apples, Bell Peppers, Celery, Nectarines, Cherries, Strawberries, Lettuce, Grapes, Pears, Spinach, Potatoes
Twelve Least-Contaminated Fruits and Vegetables:
Asparagus, Avocados, Bananas, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Corn, Kiwi, Mangoes, Onions, Papaya
Although washing fruits and vegetables reduces surface residues of harmful chemicals, come pesticides are absorbs directly into the edible portion of the pant. Some chemicals specifically resist removal and are designed to adhere to the surface of the fruit or vegetable. Peeling will remove some pesticides, but you will also lose extremely beneficial nutrients located in the skin of a fruit or vegetable.