June 26th, 2013

9 Fruits & Veggies With The Most Pesticides

Written by Ka Sundance

Fruits and vegetables work wonders for your health and wellbeing, not to mention your skin and hair. It is the best nourishment for both internal and external aspects of the body. However, there are some fruits and vegetables that are loaded with pesticides and other such chemicals and consumption of these food items can cause severe health problems.

As a rule of thumb, it is best to avoid “conventionally grown” fruits and vegetables that have a skin that can be consumed. It is wise to opt for thick skinned fruits and vegetables, the flesh of which needs to be eaten. Given below is a list of 9 fruits and veggies with the most pesticides. These are the food items that you really should eat organically.  You really should eat all organic but if that is not possible these are the ones to focus on.

Most Pesticides1. Apples:
Apples top the list of the 9 fruits and veggies with the most pesticides. They tend to have a skin that absorbs the pesticides without any difficulty. To avoid this, you can always buy organic apples.

2. Celery:
Celery is used in a variety of preparations. It is used in salads and the juices extracted from this vegetable have a plethora of health benefits. However, this is also the vegetable that has most pesticides and buying organic is the best way out.

3. Cherry tomatoes:
Used largely in salads, it is wise to avoid these as they tend to absorb a lot of pesticide.

4. Cucumbers:
Cucumbers are eaten all over the world and it is not very easy to give up eating this vegetable with rich water content. The best thing to do when you wish to consume cucumbers without letting the pesticides find their way inside your body is by peeling the skin off and eating the contents inside.

5. Grapes:
Grapes are a fruit that is loved by people all over the world. However, it is also one of the 9 fruits and veggies with the most pesticides. Grapes are eaten the way they are or included in salads and smoothies. It, therefore, becomes increasingly difficult to shun fruits as dynamic as grapes. It is; thus, wise to consume organic grapes to avoid the pesticides and other harmful chemicals.

Most Pesticides6. Peaches:
Used in a variety of scrumptious desserts like tarts, pies and sorbets, this fruit tends to absorb colossal amounts of pesticide and other harmful chemicals. You must, therefore, either avoid this fruit completely or buy organic ones.

7. Spinach:
Apart from the dirt and grit that accompanies this green leafy vegetable, there is also a load of pesticides that comes with it. Since spinach forms a large part of one’s diet,and is a food that everyone should have in their kitchen,  it is best to use the organic varieties instead.

8. Strawberries:
For obvious reasons, this is a fruit that cannot be peeled. Therefore, it is always hazardous to consume “conventionally grown” strawberries as they come loaded with harmful chemicals like pesticides.

9. Bell peppers:
No matter which color you pick, they will always have traces of pesticides. If you wish to include these in your diet, it is best to go organic.

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27 Comments on “9 Fruits & Veggies With The Most Pesticides

  1. veganangel68 Posted On

    Also, even with cantaloupe (and all melons) and avocados you should always wash the outside VERY well with mild soap or a veggie wash to avoid e.coli and salmonella contaminating the fruit when you cut them open

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  2. RRUMR Posted On

    I love Germany! It’s so green and beautiful. Apple trees seemed to grow in many people’s yards. That’s probably the best way to consume apples. Did you say you’re waiting for a baby to be born? Congratulations : )

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  3. gypsytree Posted On

    It is so beautiful! what a lovely place to live! You have so much positive energy, it is so refreshing :)

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  4. dreamingofavalon Posted On

    Thank you Ka for the information you share :-) Sending our Love and Crystal Blessings from Ireland and our wish for you and your WONDERFUL family for a truly happy time in your new home ♥

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  5. informationwarfare Posted On

    This is a huge aspect of health that most people don’t think of! What most people consider healthy I probably consider unhealthy haha. I have seen so many studies linking pesticides to all of the common diseases and illnesses that plague society. Of course it isn’t just pesticides, that is only one aspect of health. People can try and brush off one thing and say “oh GMOs aren’t bad” or “oh fluoride isn’t bad” but it all adds up wouldn’t you say Ka?

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  6. TheBathroomGirl Posted On

    oh dear .. all of those dangerous foods i eat on a daily basis and not sure if they’re organic in taiwan… probably not. dohh

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  7. YT4Me57 Posted On

    I try to purchase organic as often as possible; but it is not always available in my community. And then, the organic produce when available is of poor quality and very expensive. Things are getting better. For example, it is relatively easy to find organic spinach in every supermarket (and it is very affordable!) Target just announced it will be selling a line of organic fruits and vegetables. The more people demand organic, the more farmers will produce it…the law of ‘supply and demand’.

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  8. Ka Sundance Posted On

    Again: **It is best to ALWAYS buy organic** However the banana is also part of the group that seems NOT to take on the pesticides as much as the other foods I named here.

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