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Everyone enjoys indulging in their favorite seasonal fruits and veggies, but dangerous toxins may be lurking in these “healthy” treats.
Animal and human studies on individual pesticides have shown that they contribute to an alarming number of health problems like:

  • Cancer
  • Fertility problems
  • Brain tumors
  • Childhood leukemia
  • Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • Birth defects
  • Irritation to skin and eyes
  • Hormone or endocrine system problems
  • Nervous system damage

While some argue that the amount of pesticides on produce is minimal, an increasing number of experts believe that exposure to even small amounts of pesticides over a long period of time can have a negative impact on your health.
Fortunately, by avoiding the most-contaminated produce out there, you can reduce your exposure to pesticides by almost 90 percent.

How to Keep Your Food Pesticide Exposure to a Minimum
Contrary to popular belief, simply washing with water and peeling fruit and vegetables is not enough to protect yourself and your family from pesticides. It will reduce the levels somewhat, but it will not eliminate them.
Meanwhile, you really don't want to peel fruits and veggies like apples and potatoes because the skins contain a lot of the nutrients and antioxidants.
Health food stores carry veggie washes that can help eliminate these toxins better than just water.
However, here is a list of the 20 most and least contaminated fruits and vegetables to assist with your selection process:

Most Contaminated

  1. Peaches
  2. Apples
  3. Sweet Bell Peppers
  4. Celery
  5. Nectarines
  6. Strawberries
  7. Cherries
  8. Pears
  9. Grapes (Imported)
  10. Spinach
  11. Lettuce
  12. Potatoes
  13. Carrots
  14. Green Beans
  15. Hot Peppers
  16. Cucumbers
  17. Raspberries
  18. Plums
  19. Grapes (Domestic)
  20. Oranges

Least Contaminated

  1. Onion
  2. Avocado
  3. Sweet corn (Frozen)
  4. Pineapples
  5. Mango
  6. Asparagus
  7. Sweet peas (Frozen)
  8. Kiwi
  9. Bananas
  10. Cabbage
  11. Broccoli
  12. Papaya
  13. Blueberries
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Winter Squash
  16. Watermelon
  17. Sweet potatoes
  18. Tomatoes
  19. Honeydew melon
  20. Cantaloupe