Due to farming methods in which chemical pesticides are used heavily we, the consumers, are put at risk for health issues. This is precisely why I and many others prefer organic fruits and vegetables over conventionally-grown produce.
However, organic foods cost more and for many that becomes the deciding factor for buying conventional instead of organic. In that case you want to know which conventional fruits and vegetables are relatively safer to eat since they are cheaper in price.
Below is a list taken from the website – ewg.org (Environmental Working Group) whose mission is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment.
The information on this list is based on an analysis of 51,000 tests for pesticides conducted from 2001-2009 by the USDA and the FDA on 53 popular fruits and vegetables. The produce in the tests were rinsed and peeled so that they would simulate the conditions in which they are normally consumed.
The list below is of conventionally grown produce and their ranking, 1 to 49, in terms of toxic pesticide levels.
Consuming foods from #’s 35-49 will lower your pesticide exposure by 92% when compared with the #’s 1-12. By choosing five fruits and vegetables a day from #’s 35-49 you’ll consume fewer than 2 pesticides per day, whereas by consuming 5 fruits/vegetables a day from #’s 1-12, you will ingest as many as 14 different pesticides every day.
Lower numbers = more pesticides.