The old saying that an apple a day keeps the doctor away may need an asterisk, in the wake of a new report says some of the most popular produce contains the highest levels of pesticides.
The seventh annual Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce report from the Environmental Working Group lists what it calls the “Dirty Dozen,” the 12 fruits and vegetables found to be most contaminated by pesticides and fungicides.
According to researchers at Purdue University in Indiana, apples now top the list as the most contaminated by pesticides, even after they are peeled and washed. Apples jumped three spots from last year, bumping celery to number two. Strawberries round out the top of the most contaminated list, with grapes, blueberries and lettuce not far behind.