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An Apple A Day...Is Full Of Pesticides

Nothing’s more wholesome than a shiny ripe apple in your child’s lunch, right? Apples are the epitome of healthy snacks.

But with modern farming practices, you’re getting more than you bargain for when you bite into one.

The Environmental Working Group’s 2011 “Dirty Dozen” list is out, and apples top the list for most pesticides remaining in the fruit. They’re the dirtiest produce available, even after they’ve been washed and peeled. Ew. That’s a lot of chemicals in a food we think of as safe to feed our kids.

For picky eaters, apples are often one of the few things they will eat. If your kids live on apples, like mine do, you may want to make shelling out for organics a priority.

Here’s the full list of foods to avoid, plus the “Clean 15″ list of foods that DON’T soak up pesticides.

The Dirty Dozen:

Apples
Celery
Strawberries
Peaches
Spinach
Nectarines (imported)
Grapes (imported)
Sweet bell peppers
Potatoes
Blueberries (domestic)
Lettuce
Kale/collard greens

The “Clean 15″ is the opposite list. This is all the fruits and veggies that soak up the least amount of pesticides. These are the foods it’s safest to buy conventionally grown if your budget is tight and you’re looking to cut corners on the organic thing.

Here they are:

Onions
Sweet corn
Pineapples
Avocado
Asparagus
Sweet peas
Mangoes
Eggplants
Cantaloupe (domestic)
Kiwi
Cabbage
Watermelon
Sweet potatoes
Grapefruit
Mushrooms

How much to you worry about pesticides in your children’s food? Does the “Dirty Dozen” list affect your choices at the supermarket?

Photo: ollesvenson

For more information on clean foods, check out Babble’s Organic Buying Guide!

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