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Reducing Exposure to Produce Pesticides

March 23, 2015 6:00 am

Fresh produce is an important part of a healthy diet. Following a study on pesticides in produce, Consumer Reports determined that certain produce are best purchased organic to mitigate pesticide exposure. Those foods are:

Fruits
Peaches
Tangerines
Nectarines
Strawberries
Cranberries

Vegetables
Green Beans
Sweet Bell Peppers
Hot Peppers
Sweet Potatoes
Carrots

Universally, the study found that organic produce falls into the low- or very low-risk categories when it comes to pesticide exposure, so shoppers should choose organic fruits and vegetables when possible. If organic produce is too pricey or unavailable, there are often low-risk conventional options equivalent to organic.

Low- or very-low risk conventional produce items that are safe to consume include bananas, cherries, oranges, broccoli, lettuce and onions.

Source: Consumer Reports

Published with permission from RISMedia.