Today, tested positive for pesticide residues are around 65 percent of the produce samples analyzed by the US Department of Agriculture. The chances are that you are consuming a significant amount of pesticides every day unless you are buying certified organic fruit and vegetables.
Environmental Precautions Group (EWG) published a report that shows the most and less contaminated fruits and vegetables available on the market to inform the public about this.
Dirty Dozen is called the worst list, and this are the 12 items that you should buy organic.
Apples, strawberries, celery, grapes, peaches, spinach, sweet bell peppers, nectarines (imported), cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, snap peas (imported) and potatoes are the following Dirty Dozen items.
Fruits and vegetables with the least pesticides are the following: avocados, sweet corn, cabbage, pineapples, sweet peas (frozen), onions, mangos, asparagus, papayas, eggplant, kiwi, grapefruit, cantaloupe, cauliflower and sweet potatoes.
To remove pesticide residues from the fruits and vegetables here are some simple tricks that you can use.
In a bowl put about one cup white vinegar and leave the fruits and vegetables in for 15 minutes. Then, wash them well under running water. Around 98 percent of the bacteria and pesticides on fruits and vegetables killes the white vinegar.
Baking soda (Sodium bicarbonate)
The second option is baking soda. In a bowl mix one tablespoon baking soda and leave the fruits and vegetables in for 15 minutes. Then, wash them well under running water. Most of the pesticide residue from the surface of the fruits and vegetables will remove this rinse.