List of Fruits and Vegetables in Order of Toxicity

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.

1 Apples
Apples
2 Celery
Celery
3 Sweet bell peppers
Redpepper
4 Peaches
Peaches
5 Strawberries
Strawberries
6 Nectarines – imported
Nectarines
7 Grapes
Grapes
8 Spinach
Spinach
9 Lettuce
Lettuce
10 Cucumbers
Cucumbers
11 Blueberries – domestic
Blueberries
12 Potatoes
Potatoe
13 Kale/collard greens
Kale
14 Cherries
Cherries
15 Hot peppers
Hot Pepper
16 Pears
Pear
17 Nectarines – domestic
Nectarines
18 Green beans
Green Beans
19 Plums – imported
Plum
20 Blueberries – imported
Blueberries
21 Carrots
Carrots
22 Raspberries
Rasberries
23 Summer squash
Summer Squash
24 Oranges
Oranges
25 Broccoli
Broccoli
26 Green onions
Green Onions
27 Bananas
Bananas
28 Honeydew melon
Honeydew
29 Tomatoes
Tomatoe
30 Cantaloupe – imported
Cantaloupe
31 Cauliflower
Cauliflower
32 Papaya
Papaya
33 Plums – domestic
Plum
34 Winter squash
Winter Squash
35 Mushrooms
Mushrooms
36 Watermelon
Watermelon
37 Grapefruit
Grapefruit
38 Sweet potatoes
Sweet Potatoes
39 Cantaloupe – domestic
Cantaloupe
40 Kiwi
Kiwi
41 Eggplant
Eggplant
42 Mangoes
Mango
43 Asparagus
Asparagus
44 Sweet peas – frozen
Peas
45 Cabbage
Cabbage
46 Avocado
Avocado
47 Pineapples
Pineapple
48 Sweet Corn
Sweet Corn
49 Onions
Onions
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