Every year the EWG (Environmental Working Group) create these two lists and they are a really good reference for us so we know which foods are most sprayed and affected by pesticides and which ones less so!
Apples, bell peppers, strawberries, grapes, celery, peach, bell peppers, nectarines, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, potatoes, Kale, collard greens, hot peppers, courgettes(AKA summer squash or zucchini) and lettuce all appear in the dirty dozen (even though there are now 15 on the list) year after year as the most contaminated fruits and veg on our super market shelves! And as you can see there are all sorts of different types on there, so here are some of the ways to deal with it!
Try to buy organic when you are purchasing these products, if you can’t or they are not available then WASH them or PEEL them if you can.
Substitute, things like broccoli, or asparagus, Brussles or cabbage for your green veg, sweet potato instead of white potatoes. On the fruit front you could try pineapple, mango or papaya instead of peaches and nectarines, as these little gems grow safely in their skin and the pesticide spray can’t reach the flesh of the fruit! (although sadly there will still be some absorbed into the fruit from the soil!)
And what about GROW YOUR OWN! That way you know exactly what has been sprayed on them and there is something amazing about growing your own food!
On the clean 15 list you will notice that a lot are in skins, such as the grapefruit, sweet corn, onions and papaya. Things like cabbages are tightly packed when they grow, so only a limited amount of spray can get to the leaves, anything that has a little protection will fair better than not! You do start to know which ones are more protected and which ones are going to suffer more. And if you do start to grow your own, you will soon become aware of which foods the bugs like more and which get left alone!