Cucumbers are this odd vegetable, basically just crunchy water. To make things worse for this sorry vegetable, the USDA found that they contain more than 35 different types of pesticide residues, most of which are hormone disruptive or neurotoxins. These guys barely missed the Dirty Dozen list.
Nectarines made the EWG’s dirty dozen because 94% of nectarines have trace residues of pesticides that are harmful to humans. The USDA has found 33 types, including 17 hormone disruptors.
Strawberries are definitely one of the best foods in human history. Sadly, they also have more pesticides than any other fruit or vegetable after spinach. The EWG reported an average of about 10 harmful pesticides on this fruit, with Time magazine reporting as many as 20. The USDA has found 45 different types of pesticides. It’s a sad time for this beautiful fruit.
Fish in our oceans have been contaminated. Agricultural chemicals get in the water, drift around, and then are consumed by fish. These chemicals include modern chemicals and older, now-illegal chemicals like DDT. You’ll be stepping into dangerous waters next time you venture down your fish aisle.
Squash is a super tasty food, but the USDA found 64 different types of pesticide residues on this colorful food. These pesticides are mainly hormone disrupting with a few carcinogens and neurotoxins thrown into the mix. They even have honeybee toxins, and we all know that bees need a lot of help right now!
Dwight Schrute may love these plants, but you shouldn’t. They’re thin-skinned, which makes them more likely to absorb the chemical mix it’s dosed in.
You have to look hard to find cherries that haven’t been soaked in sugar water, but even if you manage to some, you’ll still be hard pressed to find some that are good for you. Cherries have an average of 5 pesticides on them, but that’s not the worst part. About a third of cherries have been treated with the known carcinogen iprodione, a chemical that has been outlawed in Europe.
After washing these shapely fruits, the USDA found an average of 5 pesticides on 48% of pears. In 2010, less than 10 years ago, this number of pesticides was only found on 3% of pears. That’s quite the increase.
10. Wheat Grains
Wheat is a staple in our diet, and it’s been a staple in people’s diet for thousands of years. Things are changing now. In recent years, farmers have begun spraying their wheat crops with the weed-killer Roundup in order to produce a higher crop yield.