You might want to put the green juice for this one.
Kale is ranked as the third worst fruit or vegetable behind strawberries and spinach when it comes to pesticide contamination, according to the annual Dirty Dozen of the Environmental Working Group. Report. It was found that over 92% of potassium samples had two or more pesticide residues – and only one piece of cinnamon could contain up to 18 pesticides on or in it.
One of the pesticides commonly found in calf is Dacthal or DCPA. The pesticide, which is banned in Europe and classified by the Environmental Protection Agency as a possible carcinogen, is found in nearly 60% of the kale specimens tested.
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Here's the complete list of Dirty Dozen fruits and vegetables:
- . Strawberries
- . Spanak
- . Kale
- . Nectarines
- . Apples
- . Grapes
- . Peaches
- . Cherries
- . Pears
- . Tomatoes
- . Celery
- . Potatoes
The Working Group on the Environment is based on an analysis of test data from the US Department of Agriculture. USDA officials regularly test fruits and vegetables for pesticide residues, making sure they repeat how buyers will consume the product. For example, if consumers regularly wash and peel fruit before they eat it, the USDA testers will do this before researching the pesticide product.
The USDA changes the batch of fruits and vegetables it tests based on the eating habits of consumers. As such, kale has not been studied for almost a decade. The last time the USDA included mud in its tests from 2006 to 2008, leaf green ranks 8th in the list of dirty dozens of the Working Group on the Environment
. consumer health. An increasing number of food products contain calcite as an ingredient and scientists even work to create a more delicious version of native broccoli.
Consumers should choose organic food whenever possible to reduce exposure to pesticides, experts say.
But the growing popularity of vegetables is not necessarily to blame for its propensity for pesticide contamination. "Some of the changes may be due to the increased collection of potassium, which may also be due to analytical methods that change when we test," said Alexis Trekkin, a toxicologist from the Environmental Working Group. See also: Why You Should Eat A Vegetarian ̵
Another factor may be the way the cappuccino is grown. Dacthal, the potentially carcinogenic pesticide, is usually applied directly to the soil as a weed killer. Because it is in the soil, it can be absorbed into the plant itself, says Carla Burns, a researcher at the Environmental Task Force. Such practices can explain pesticide contamination, which is endemic to most of the fruits and vegetables of Dirty Dozen
. However, consumers should stop eating fruits and vegetables as a result.
Instead, consumers should choose organic food whenever possible to reduce exposure to pesticides, experts say. And when this is not possible, they have to choose instead of fruits and vegetables that are less likely to be contaminated.
The Working Group on the Environment also publishes its annual "Clean Fifteen" product list. Less than 30% of these fruits and vegetables are contaminated with pesticides based on the USDA test. "Clean Fifteen" includes the following:
- . Avocado
- . Sweet corn
- . Pineapple
- . Frozen sweet peas
- . Onion
- . Papaya
- . Blue Tomato
- . Asparagus
- . Kiwis
- . Cabbage
- . Carifol
- . Cantaloupes
- . Broccoli
- . Mushrooms
- . Honeydew melons
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