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Apples Tops List Of Most Pesticide Ridden Fruits

June 13, 2011

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) released a list on Monday of the 12 fruits and vegetables that are most contaminated with pesticides.

The fruit that held the first place mark on that list was apples.

“Consumers don’t want pesticides on their foods,” EWG president Ken Cook said in a statement. “We eat plenty of apples in our house, but we buy organic when we can.”

Some studies have linked pesticidess to possible health problems, particularly for women who are pregnant as well as children. 

“Picking five servings of fruits and vegetables from the 12 most contaminated would cause you to consume an average of 14 different pesticides a day,” the group said in a statement.

A study by Harvard School of Public Health found children exposed to pesticides had a higher risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

The Environmental Working Group’s findings were based on data collected by the United States Departure of Agriculture of food samples that often were ready to be eaten.

The group still encourages people to eat the fruit from its list, rather than no fruit at all.

“The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure,” the group said in a statement.

Less than 10 percent of pineapple, mango and avocado samples showed pesticides.  For vegetables, asparagus, corn and onions had no residue on 90 percent or more of samples.

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