The Ultimate Guide to Pesticides in Produce for 2024

I'm amazed at how fast March has flown by!

As we wrap up National Nutrition Month, I thought it would be great to share something really cool with you.

Have you heard about the Environmental Working Group's 2024 Grocery list? It's all about spotting the fruits and veggies that might have high pesticide levels, so you can make healthier choices.

By picking the freshest produce and steering clear of the "dirty dozen," we can take a big step towards boosting our well-being.

The EWG's top suspects in 2024 for pesticide overload are:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale, collard & mustard greens
  4. Grapes
  5. Peaches
  6. Pears
  7. Nectarines
  8. Apples
  9. Bell & hot peppers
  10. Cherries
  11. Blueberries
  12. Green beans
But fear not! These 15 items had the lowest amounts of pesticide residues:
  1. Carrots
  2. Sweet potatoes
  3. Mangoes
  4. Mushrooms
  5. Watermelon
  6. Cabbage
  7. Kiwi
  8. Honeydew melon
  9. Asparagus
  10. Sweet peas (frozen)
  11. Papaya
  12. Onions
  13. Pineapple
  14. Sweet corn
  15. Avocados

For a health boost, think about switching to organic produce from the "dirty dozen." By opting for cleaner options, we can avoid harmful pesticides and embark on a path to wellness success. Keep in mind that even minor adjustments in our shopping habits can result in significant improvements in our health!

With love and wellness,

Kathleen 

PS. Here's a natural way to clean your produce without resorting to harsh chemicals:

  • Soak your produce in cold water, mix in ¼ cup of baking soda and ¼ cup of white vinegar, gently rub, let sit for 1-2 minutes (or longer), and then rinse with filtered water.
  • Don't forget to dry them before you store them!
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