1. Avocados - contain the least pesticides of any common produce item. Due in part to their thick peel, fewer than 1% of avocados tested had any pesticide residue.
2. Sweet corn - is generally low in pesticides and easily makes the EWG’s list. However, this analysis didn’t test for the pesticide glyphosate, which is used on genetically modified corn crops.
4. Cabbage - is a low-pesticide vegetable that contains compounds that naturally protect against insects and may reduce your risk of cancer.
5. Onion - while less than 10% of tested onions showed pesticide residues, you may still want to opt for organic. Organic onions tend to be higher in heart-protective flavanols than those grown conventionally.
6. Frozen sweet peas - the majority of frozen sweet peas don’t harbour detectable pesticide residues. However, snap peas — which are typically eaten whole — are higher in pesticide residues.
7. Papaya - About 80% of papayas are free from pesticide residues. However, most papayas are genetically modified, so if that’s a concern, choose organic.
8. Asparagus - The vast majority of asparagus samples had no measurable pesticide residues. Asparagus contains an enzyme that may help break down certain pesticides.
9. Mango - Nearly 80% of mangoes were free from detectable pesticide residues, and the most common pesticide was well below the EPA’s limit.
10. Eggplant (Aubergine) - Close to 75% of eggplants analysed were free of pesticide residues, despite the fact that these samples were tested with the peel.
11. Honeydew Melon - Around half of honeydew melons tested were free from pesticide residues, and those with residues had no more than four different types.
12. Kiwi Fruit - About 2/3 of kiwis sampled had no measurable amounts of pesticide residues. Among those with detectable residues, up to six different pesticides were present.
13. Cantaloupe - More than 60% of cantaloupes tested had no measurable pesticide residues. Always wash and scrub the rind of cantaloupes before cutting — not only to reduce pesticide residues but also to remove potentially harmful bacteria.
14. Cauliflower - About half of cauliflowers sampled were pesticide-free. Still, an associated pesticide can harm bees, which are vital for pollinating food crops. Therefore, organic cauliflower is the smartest choice for the environment.
15. Broccoli - About 70% of broccoli samples were free of pesticide residues, in part because the vegetable contains its own natural insect repellents.
The Bottom Line
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