Every year, a working group of the American NGO EWG is responsible for reviewing thousands of fruit and vegetable samples to identify those that contain the most pesticides and therefore are harmful to health. Here is a ranking of the 12 fruits and vegetables that contain the highest level of pesticides, followed by a list of 12 fruits and vegetables with the lowest health risk.
Who are the EWG NGOs?
The non-profit organization Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a working group that has a mission to improve people’s lives by helping them to have a better lifestyle in a healthier environment, to better guide them in their consumption choices. Whether for the water we drink every day, shampoo we use or the products for the maintenance of the house, this working group scrutinizes all products. EWG is consisted of scientists, policy experts, lawyers, etc.
All of them are mobilizing all matters affecting public health in order to increase awareness of the industrialists and government officials on sensitive issues. Thanks to pressure from consumers’ groups, it happens that some companies waive the use of chemicals that can be potentially harmful to health.
Pesticides: highly toxic to health
Pesticides are chemicals that include insecticides, fungicides, herbicides and parasiticides. They help fight against insects, fungi, parasites that attack crops. Their function is to protect crops from diseases. But they also have negative aspect: these pesticides are also harmful to health because they contain toxins that can affect the body on many levels.
Indeed, several studies have shown that long-term exposure to pesticides can hinder brain development in children. Other studies have highlighted the risks of skin irritation, impaired nervous system, etc. Some have even established a link between Parkinson’s disease and pesticide exposure.
EWG’s ranking of fruits and vegetables that contain the most pesticides
EWG has established a ranking of the 12 fruits and vegetables that contain the most pesticides. Here are the foods you should avoid as much as possible if you do not want to be excessively exposed to these toxic chemicals.
Here are the 12 fruits and vegetables that are most loaded with pesticides:
- Cherry tomatoes
Here are the 12 fruits and vegetables that contain the least pesticides:
How to avoid pesticides?
It is recommended to avoid as much food, fruits and vegetables, which contain the most pesticides. Simply consume intelligently, favoring food from organic agriculture.
In fact, most organic products are free of pesticides. However, if you cannot always purchase organic products, you should always wash your fruits and vegetables thoroughly and peel them before eating.