15 June 2011

Apples top new 'Dirty Dozen' list

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Or does it? A new US survey has ranked apples, strawberries and peaches as the most toxic fruits produced in the US.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Or does it?

When it comes to a healthy diet, we all know that we should eat more fruit and veg. However, according to a new survey conducted by green organisation Environmental Working Group (EWG), apples, strawberries and peaches top the “Dirty Dozen” list of most toxic fresh produce in the US:

  1.  Apples
  2.  Celery
  3.  Strawberries
  4.  Peaches
  5.  Spinach
  6.  Nectarines
  7.  Grapes
  8.  Sweet bell peppers
  9.  Potatoes
  10.  Blueberries
  11.  Lettuce
  12.  Kale/collard greens

  1.  Onions
  2.  Corn
  3.  Pineapples
  4.  Avocado
  5.  Asparagus
  6.  Sweet peas
  7.  Mangoes
  8.  Eggplant
  9.  Sweet melon
  10.  Kiwi
  11.  Cabbage
  12.  Watermelon
  13.  Sweet potatoes
  14.  Grapefruit
  15.  Mushrooms

Does that mean we should eat more organic food? After the recent E. coli outbreak in Europe linked to so-called safer organic produce, that might not be such a popular option right now, and besides, it tends to be too expensive for many people.


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