Strawberries, highest in pesticide residue among fruits, veggies
Including strawberry in your diet toward a healthy lifestyle may not be a wise idea, a recent research suggests.
The USA Today Network reported that strawberries topped the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list of fruits and vegetables with the most pesticide residues. The fruit has been on the top for three consecutive years.
Of all the strawberries the non-profit group tested for the research, about a third had at least 10 pesticides. One sample, even recorded an “astounding” 22 pesticide residues.
Next to strawberries on the Dirty Dozen list was spinach, nectarines, apples and grapes.
The list also brought good news to eaters of avocados and sweet corn which had less than 1% of pesticide residue, ranking them respectively as the first and second cleanest among fruits and vegetables in the market.
However, the research was received with skepticism. The Alliance for Food slammed the Dirty Dozen list as “unsupportable, citing government data which shows 99% of residues are “well below safety levels” set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.