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Diabetes Forecast

The Healthy Living Magazine

The Pesticide “Dirty Dozen”

The fruits and veggies most likely to have chemical residue

By Tracey Neithercott , ,

Food safety is about more than bacteria. Pesticides pose their own health risks, and while many toxic chemicals have been phased out of the agriculture process over the years, some harmful substances can still make it onto your table. With that in mind, the Environmental Protection Agency has developed a list of fruits and veggies with the highest pesticide loads. Its “Dirty Dozen” list (which now includes two additional veggies) suggests the produce that is best purchased organic to avoid pesticide residue.

Apples

Bell peppers

Celery

Cherry tomatoes

Cucumbers

Grapes

Hot peppers

Kale/collard greens

Nectarines

Peaches

Potatoes

Spinach

Strawberries

Summer squash

Source: Environmental Protection Agency

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