Imported cherries are some of the cleanest fruits that you can eat. U.S. grown cherries, are not. They are among the twelve Dirtiest Foods due to their high levels of pesticides, insecticides, and carcinogens. Seventy-one percent of all U.S. grown cherries contain residues as opposed toÂ only 35% of imported cherries.
Conventional potatoes are a staple of many family meals. They are more affordable than other fruits and vegetables, they are filling and chalked full of great vitamins and minerals. But, along with their great benefits, potatoes also carry a number of unwanted chemicals. According to the USDA’s Pesticide Data Program, there are 35 different pesticides that are found on conventional potatoes. Chlorpropham, an herbicide has been found on 76% of all conventional potatoes. Chlorpropham, which stops weed growth, has been shown by the Extension Toxicology Network to slow growth and cause congestion of the spleen and death in laboratory animals.
A 2008 study by the US Department of Agriculture, found more than 50 pesticide compounds on domestic and imported peaches. Even scarier, six of the pesticide compounds found on the peaches were not approved for use in the United States. Five other compounds found exceeded the limits of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Celery is a difficult vegetable to keep free of pests due to the tight structure and fragile structure of its stalks. In order to keep pests like caterpillars, moths and beetles off celery, several different insecticides are used.Â Spinosad is the most common insecticide found on celery stalks, even after the vegetable has been power washed by the FDA.
For many years blueberries were not heavily tested for pesticides and chemicals Â because their consumption rate was lower than their summer counterpart strawberries. But when their popularity began to rise, the FDA began testing blueberries in higher quantities. After higher testing levels, blueberries immediately took a place on the list of the dirtiest foods.
According to a recent report from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Americans eat 84 pounds of Chicken per person a year. To keep up with that demand, over 8 billion chickens are killed in the United States each year. And large manufacturing plants of chicken such as Tyson and Perdue can slaughter as many as 30,000 chickens in 1 hour! With all the chicken running through slaughtering tables, you can imagine the amount of cross-contamination that could occur from say, the feces left from the disembowelment of the chicken and the remaining edible parts of chicken.
4. Bell Peppers
The U.S. supplyÂ of Bell Peppers (sweet peppers) comes primarily from the U.S. and Mexico. A comforting fact when you think of the freshness of the peppers that are not subject to a long shipping time. Not so comforting though when you consider that bell peppers grown in the U.S. have the highest amount of pesticides on them than any other country.
In 2012, non-organic American apples were banned by Europe due to the fruit’s large dose of diphenylamine (DPA). The European Union has banned the use of DPA on any of its foods and set a limit of 0.1 part per million of DPA. Sounds reasonable considering when you go to buy apples you aren’t really searching for a healthy snack with toxic chemicals. But not for US officials. The average concentration of DPA in US apples is four times as much as the European Union finds acceptable (nearly .042 parts per million).
Despite the incredible health benefits of spinach such as a good source of iron and fiber, the leafy green is well known for its high occurrence of pesticides. In particular, samples of spinach were found to have the highest levels of cancer causing residue of any other produce. On several spinach samples permethrin, a human carcinogen and endocrine disrupter, was found at very high levels as well.
The bright red berry is the most favored of the berries throughout the majority of the United States, which means it is constantly in demand. California, the supplier of nearly 90% of the nation’s strawberries, has worked hard to keep their strawberry crops up and running, but not without adding a few extra toxic chemicals.
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