They based the results on nearly 43,000 tests for pesticides on produce collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration between 2000 and 2005. The data relates to the US and results may not be the same for produce in other countries, even though the issue of pesticide residues will still be an issue, nevertheless.
The top twelve fruits and vegetables found to be highest in pesticides were:
The twelve that were lowest in pesticides were:
The full list of 45 fruits and vegetables can be viewed here http://www.foodnews.org/fulldataset.php
The full extent of the toxic effects of pesticides in food is not fully known, but many studies have found that even small doses of pesticides and chemicals can have adverse effects on health.
It is therefore wise to minimize our exposure to these harmful chemicals by the following:
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