Your fresh produce may not be fresh! 

Worrying about your family's health is a full time job. Everyone says fresh produce is better for you. What they don't tell you is, there are pesticides on your fresh produce. You have been advised to wash your produce before eating it. An article in Healthy and Natural World, written by, Jenny Hills asks;

Did you know that 65% of produce samples analyzed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture test positive for pesticide residues? Unless you’re buying certified organic food, the chances are that you’re consuming a significant amount of chemicals with every portion of your ‘healthy’ greens.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is trying to inform the public about the level of exposure to often toxic chemicals commonly found in our fresh produce. They publish an annual list of most and least contaminated fruits and vegetables, the so called ‘Dirty Dozen’ and ‘Clean Fifteen’ lists.

According to the lists found at:


The group identified the following items on its “Dirty Dozen” list of produce with the most pesticide residue:

1 Strawberries

2 Spinach

3 Nectarines

4 Apples

5 Peaches

6 Celery

7 Grapes

8 Pears

9 Cherries

10 Tomatoes

11 Sweet bell peppers

12 Potatoes


The group also identifies the “Clean 15” or items in the report with the least likelihood to contain pesticide residue:


 1 Sweet corn

2 Avocados

3 Pineapples

4 Cabbage

5 Onions

6 Frozen sweet peas

7 Papayas

8 Asparagus

9 Mangoes

10 Eggplant

11 Honeydew

12 Kiwifruit

13 Cantaloupe

14 Cauliflower

15 Grapefruit