Posted: Jun 29, 2012 11:00 AM by KSBY News, Carina Corral
Get your pen and paper ready because the list of the dirtiest fruits and veggies is out.
Each year the Environmental Working Group releases a "Shoppers Guides to Pesticides" to help determine which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues.
Making the list this year are apples, celery, sweet bell peppers, peaches, strawberries, imported nectarines, grapes, spinach, lettuce and cucumbers.
EWG recommends to buy these in organic, but does say the health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure.
Topping the list of the cleanest fruits and vegetables are: onions, sweet corn, pineapples, avocados, cabbage, sweet peas, asparagus, mangoes, eggplant and kiwi.
The EWG report is based on pesticide residue data collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration, which tested samples as they normally would be eaten - after being washed or peeled.