Which Two Veggies Contain The Most Pesticides and Are Extraordinarily Toxic?
A lot of vegetables and fruits contain pesticides. The EWG or Environmental Working Group for the 2017 has published a new report. This report concerns the amount of pesticides that season products contain. Strawberries, for the second year, have surpassed apples and take the first place on the list. Better think twice where you want to spend your “organic” dollars. But read between the lines and you’ll find that there are two “highly toxic” (non-organic) vegetables to be aware of that didn’t make the EWG’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ list this time around.
When the U.S. Department of Agriculture tested 35,200 different samples of different products they actually found that even after thorough washing pesticide residues still remain on many samples. They represented several different types including the “probable human carcinogen” glyphosate. It is the main component of Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller.
The crucial findings of this report:
- Spinach jumped and now takes the second place on the list.
- In total, there were 178 different pesticides and pesticide breakdown products.
- The most contaminated sample of strawberries had 20 different pesticide!
- In average, Spinach samples have twice as much pesticide residue by weight comparing to any other crop.
Considering how popular these foods are, there are 2 other vegetables that contain 2 different highly toxic insecticides. Researchers didn’t find them in any other produce but unfortunately you can easily find them in your next salad.
Special warning about hot peppers and leafy greens: “Extraordinary Toxicity” although not in the “dirty dozen,” hot peppers and leafy greens (kale and collard greens) may contain “trace levels of highly dangerous pesticides” . They are highly toxic to our body.
The pesticides that are especially concerning are insecticides:
- carbamate and
In 2010-2011 Hot peppers tested high in chlorpyrifos, acephate and oxamyl. They are allowed to use on hot peppers and banned to use on other crops.
- Chlorpyrifos is a neurotoxin.
- Acephate is in fact a reproductive health danger and possible carcinogen.
- Oxamyl can lead to liver and kidney damage (source: beyondpesticides.org).
In 2007-2008Collard greens have previously tested high in famoxadone, chlorpyrifos, dieldrin, oxydemeton, DDE and esfenvalerate. There is no other use of Esfenvalerate and Chlorpyrifos on other crops, but they are allowed on greens. Now dieldrin and DDE are banned, but from the residues found in the soil they still end up in leafy greens.
- Famoxadone are connected to liver and kidney damage.
- Oxydemeton is toxic to the reproductive system.
- Dieldrin can increase the multiple myeloma
- DDE is associated with chromosome mutation or aneuploidy
- Esfenvalerate is a neurotoxin.
Because of the high toxicity of these pesticides, we recommend to buy organic hot peppers and leafy greens. If not possible, you can reduce the pesticide content by cooking these vegetables.
Here is what you should better purchase organic:
- Sweet Bell Peppers
Because of the aforementioned concerns, Hot peppers come in at place N.13, although they technically are not part of the Dirty Dozen. In 2017 they are in a special “Dirty Dozen Plus” category.
See the full list of nearly 50 types of veggies and fruits ranked from most pesticides to least pesticides here.
And for this year here is the new ‘No Pesticides Fifteen’ list:
The Clean Fifteen is the list of the vegetables with the lowest pesticide count. However, they still have them at low amounts.
- Sweet Corn (if you want a guarantee for non GMO then buy organic)
- Sweet peas (frozen)
- Papayas (buy organic because some may be GMO)
- Honeydew Melon
Check the full list above if you want to see more details here.