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In total, the scientists found that 98 percent of samples of strawberries contained at least one pesticide, and one sample even contained 17 different varieties. According to the report, the sudden move of strawberries to the top of the list can be attributed to the growers' desire to make the once-seasonal fruit available year-round. With that change in growing came the increase in pesticides.
They're not alone. These are the 12 most pesticide-contaminated conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables, also known as The Dirty Dozen:
- Sweet bell peppers
- Cherry tomates
Thankfully, there is a plus side. The Clean Fifteen, otherwise known as the safe produce, are exactly what you should be adding to your grocery list:
- Sweet corn
- Sweet peas (frozen)
- Honeydew melon
Reaching for certified organic products, the EWG says, can help limit exposure to these pesticides, limiting the mold in your diet. "Fruits and vegetables are important for your health," says Sonya Lunder, EWG Senior Analyst. "But for those on the Dirty Dozen, we recommend buying the organic versions if you want to avoid pesticides on your food. You can feel confident that conventionally grown fruits and veggies on the Clean Fifteen list have very little pesticide contamination."