The Environmental Working Group has released a list of the fresh supermarket items that tested with highest number of pesticides.
The American researchers highlighted the 12 foods that recorded the highest levels - and the top three fruit and vegetables have already caused a stir on social media.
Strawberries had the most pesticides, closely followed by spinach - but it’s kale, which came in third, which concerned many, given the amount of consumers who eat the cabbage for its many health benefits.
Says the EWG: ‘92 percent of kale samples had two or more pesticide residues detected’ adding that a single sample of the same kale could yield as many as 18 kinds of residue.
The entire list of fruits and vegetables with the most pesticides are:
But it’s not all bad news, with the EWG also identifying the top 15 fruits and veggies which had ‘few, if any’ pesticides.
The best pesticide-free fruit and veggies are:
- Sweet corn
- Peas (frozen)
- Honeydew melons
- Kiwi fruit
This article originally appeared on New Idea Food
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