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

  1. KiwiFruit Posted On

    Or you could just wash them and be grateful that you have fresh fruits and veggies to eat… organic costs too much….

  2. moochtawn Posted On

    FYI, Monsanto owns Dole & Del Monte so a huge MAJORITY of USA tropical fruits are GMO (genetically modified) grown in Hawaii. So buy organic &/or from a different company or country. Example I try to buy Chiquita over Dole & Del Monte.

  3. Rodrick Etienne Posted On

    I agree with you in regards to how does juicing non-organic fruits and veggies reduce the amount of pesticides that end up in the juice. That makes no sense to me. People often complain that organic fruits and veggies cost more, but I feel that our health is worth it, because any of us could easily go and blow the money on frivolous items. By the way, It looks very peaceful at your holiday home and green. Great Post!

  4. Ramie Kh Posted On

    I red that plant absorbs pesticides throuth its roots, do all plants do that so I should eat only organic and avoid even that fruits have thick skin line pinapple!!

  5. mouhrael Posted On

    My goodness I’m feeding my children poison in an effort to give them healthy lunch boxes breakfast etc) guilt!

  6. Gary Phillips Posted On

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  7. jimster Posted On

    Organic, from the USDA’s standards, does NOT mean “no pesticides”. It does, however, mean “no synthetic pesticides”, which I agree are either worse for a human body, or at least not proven to be more harmful than “regular” pesticides. I understand the point you are trying to make, but please tell us the whole story instead of making a vague correlation to organic as containing less pesticides. I buy organic, and raise some things in my own garden (no pesticides, but lots of pests!). I agree organics are better because they have not been manipulated or doused by products from Monsanto and other AgriGiants.

  8. oliverworld Posted On

    Organic is always best, but it’s good to know which ones are better options if you can’t always get organic. However, I’ve recently heard that pineapples are mostly GMO now–especially ones from Costa Rica. So they should be avoided unless organic.


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