Some conventionally grown foods are treated with more pesticides than others. Some retain more of the pesticides. Here is a list of the top 10 foods containing the most pesticides, according to the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit research group based in Washington, D.C.
You can sidestep harm and still eat vitamin-rich foods. If you cannot find these foods organically, here are some great alternatives that contain the same valuable vitamins and minerals.
High-Pesticide Food: Strawberries Main Nutrient: Vitamin CHealthy Alternatives: Blueberries, raspberries, oranges, grapefruit, kiwifruit, watermelon
High-Pesticide Food: Bell peppersMain Nutrient: Vitamin CHealthy Alternatives: Green peas, broccoli, romaine, lettuce
High-Pesticide Food: Spinach Main Nutrient: Vitamins A and CHealthy Alternatives: Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, asparagus
High-Pesticide Food: CherriesMain Nutrient: Vitamin CHealthy Alternatives: Oranges, blueberries, raspberries, kiwifruit, blackberries, grapefruit
High-Pesticide Food: PeachesMain Nutrient: Vitamins A and CHealthy Alternatives: Nectarines, watermelon, tangerines, oranges, grapefruit
High-Pesticide Food: Mexican cantaloupeMain Nutrient: Vitamins A and C and potassium Healthy Alternatives: U.S. cantaloupe grown from May to December, watermelon
High-Pesticide Food: CeleryMain Nutrient: CarotenoidsHealthy Alternatives: Carrots, broccoli, radishes, romaine lettuce
High-Pesticide Food: ApplesMain Nutrient: Vitamin CHealthy Alternatives: Watermelon, nectarines, bananas, tangerines
High-Pesticide Food: ApricotsMain Nutrient: Vitamins A an C and potassiumHealthy Alternatives: Nectarines, watermelon, oranges, tangerines
High-Pesticide Food: Green beansMain Nutrient: PotassiumHealthy Alternatives: Green peas, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, asparagus
Copyright: Excerpted from Your Organic Kitchen, by Jesse Ziff Cool.Copyright (c)2000 by Jesse Ziff Cool. Reprinted by permission of Rodale Press.