The Top 15 Clean Fruits and Veggies to Enjoy

In movies and in real life if there are villains and there are, of course, heroes. When USDA Pesticide Data Program has come up with the top 12 dirtiest fruit and vegetables, they also came up with the top 15 clean ones. Being clean does not mean that there are zero pesticides on them, but among all the vegetables and fruits tested they have the minimum number of chemicals and pesticides.

The best advice is to choose to eat organic fruits and vegetables as this list of pesticides are the ones found on mass produced farms that put profits before health. Organic farms invest in producing healthy fruit and vegetables that are good for you, and for the environment.

  1. Avocado

There is only one pesticide residue found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program, Imiprothrin, which is found only 1.1%. Imiprothrin is a classed as a synthetic pyrethroid insecticide. It is an ingredient in some insecticide products for indoor use. It has low acute toxicity to humans, but to insects it acts as a neurotoxin causing paralysis.

  1. Sweet Corn – Fresh

There are three pesticide residues found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program: one is suspected hormone disruptors; two are neurotoxins and two are honeybee toxins.

Pesticides How often is it found?
Methamidophos 1.2%
Acephate 0.4%
Thiamethoxam 0.2%

 

  1. Pineapples

There are six pesticide residues found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program: two of them are known or probable carcinogens; six are suspected hormone disruptors; two are neurotoxins; four are developmental or reproductive toxins and three are honeybee toxins.

Pesticides How often is it found?
Triadimefon 4.5%
Carbaryl 2.5%
o-Phenylphenol 2.2%
Piperonyl butoxide 1.9%
Triadimenol 1.9%
Diazinon 0.3%

 

  1. Cabbage

There are 11 pesticide residues found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program: two of them are known or probable carcinogens; three are suspected hormone disruptors; five are neurotoxins; one is developmental or reproductive toxins and five are honeybee toxins.

Pesticides How often is it found?
Imidacloprid 9.3%
Thiamethoxam 1.7%
Methomyl 1.3%
Flonicamid 0.8%
Acetamiprid 0.4%
Disulfoton sulfoxide oxygen analog 0.3%
Pyraclostrobin 0.1%
Thiodicarb 0.1%
Disulfoton sulfoxide 0.1%
Acephate 0.1%
Carbaryl 0.1%

 

  1. Sweet Peas – Frozen

There are 12 pesticide residues found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program: three of them are known or probable carcinogens; four are suspected hormone disruptors; four are neurotoxins; four are developmental or reproductive toxins and five are honeybee toxins.

Pesticides How often is it found?
Dimethoate 12.1%
o-Phenylphenol 3.3%
Omethoate 2.3%
Spinosad 0.9%
Pyraclostrobin 0.4%
Thiabendazole 0.4%
DCPA 0.4%
Azoxystrobin 0.1%
Thiamethoxam 0.1%
Carbaryl 0.1%
Boscalid 0.1%
Methamidophos 0.1%

 

  1. Onions

The research of USDA Pesticide Data Program shows that while onions grown with toxic chemicals show low pesticide residues on the finished commodity, there are 63 pesticides with established tolerance for onions, 26 are acutely toxic creating a hazardous environment for farm workers, 59 are linked to chronic health problems (such as cancer), 15 contaminate streams or groundwater, and 57 are poisonous to wildlife.

  1. Asparagus

There are nine pesticide residues found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program: one of them is known or probable carcinogens; seven are suspected hormone disruptors; three are neurotoxins; three are developmental or reproductive toxins and three are honeybee toxins.

Pesticides How often is it found?
Methomyl 4.4%
Chlorpyrifos 3.0%
Linuron 1.4%
Carbaryl 0.8%
Cyhalothrin, Total (Cyhalothrin-L + R157836 epimer) 0.5%
Metribuzin 0.5%
Endosulfan sulfate 0.3%
Cypermethrin 0.3%
1-Naphthol 0.3%

 

  1. Mangoes

There are eleven pesticide residues found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program: one of them is known or probable carcinogens; six are suspected hormone disruptors; four are neurotoxins; two are developmental or reproductive toxins and four are honeybee toxins.

Pesticides How often is it found?
Thiabendazole 15.9%
Azoxystrobin 3.4%
Carbendazim (MBC) 3.1%
Omethoate 0.9%
Chlorpropham 0.6%
Endosulfan sulfate 0.6%
Dimethoate 0.6%
Imidacloprid 0.3%
Endosulfan I 0.3%
Chlorpyrifos 0.3%
Malathion 0.3%

 

  1. Papaya

There are seven pesticide residues found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program: one of them is known or probable carcinogens; one is suspected hormone disruptors; one is developmental or reproductive toxins and two are honeybee toxins.

Pesticides How often is it found?
Boscalid 8.1%
Thiabendazole 4.5%
Azoxystrobin 3.9%
Thiamethoxam 1.4%
Pyraclostrobin 0.6%
Difenoconazole 0.6%
Imidacloprid 0.3%

 

  1. Kiwi

The research of USDA Pesticide Data Program shows that while kiwi grown with toxic chemicals show low pesticide residues on the finished commodity, there are 20 pesticides with established tolerance for kiwi, 8 are acutely toxic creating a hazardous environment for farm workers, 17 are linked to chronic health problems (such as cancer), 5 contaminate streams or groundwater, and 19 are poisonous to wildlife.

  1. Eggplant

There are 18 pesticide residues found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program: three of them are known or probable carcinogens; nine are suspected hormone disruptors; seven are neurotoxins; two are developmental or reproductive toxins and nine are honeybee toxins.

Pesticides How often is it found?
Endosulfan sulfate 16.7%
Endosulfan II 12.8%
Methamidophos 4.5%
Endosulfan I 2.5%
Oxamyl 1.8%
Carbaryl 1.7%
Methomyl 1.0%
Acephate 0.7%
Chlorfenapyr 0.4%
Permethrin trans 0.3%
Permethrin cis 0.3%
Chlorothalonil 0.3%
Cyhalothrin, Lambda 0.1%
Bifenthrin 0.1%
Fenpropathrin 0.1%
Chlorpyrifos 0.1%
Malathion 0.1%
Captan 0.1%

 

  1. Grapefruit

There are 11 pesticide residues found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program: four of them are known or probable carcinogens; four are suspected hormone disruptors; four are neurotoxins; four are developmental or reproductive toxins and two are honeybee toxins.

Pesticides How often is it found?
Thiabendazole 66.5%
Imazalil 39.6%
Azoxystrobin 3.8%
5-Hydroxythiabendazole 2.8%
Pyraclostrobin 2.7%
Aldicarb sulfoxide 1.9%
Chlorpyrifos 0.8%
Fenbuconazole 0.5%
Carbaryl 0.4%
o-Phenylphenol 0.4%
Aldicarb sulfone 0.1%

 

  1. Cantaloupe

There are 17 pesticide residues found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program: two of them are known or probable carcinogens; seven are suspected hormone disruptors; five are neurotoxins; two are developmental or reproductive toxins and nine are honeybee toxins.

Pesticides How often is it found?
Oxamyl oxime 13.6%
Metalaxyl/Mefenoxam 13.0%
Thiamethoxam 5.7%
Imidacloprid 5.1%
Endosulfan sulfate 3.3%
Methomyl 3.3%
Carbendazim (MBC) 2.4%
Dimethoate 1.6%
Oxamyl 1.4%
Dieldrin 0.8%
Acetamiprid 0.5%
Quinoxyfen 0.5%
Carbaryl 0.5%
Azoxystrobin 0.3%
Dinotefuran 0.3%
Tebuconazole 0.3%
Omethoate 0.3%

 

  1. Cauliflower

There are 15 pesticide residues found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program:  five are suspected hormone disruptors; six are neurotoxins; one is developmental or reproductive toxins and nine are honeybee toxins.

Pesticides How often is it found?
Imidacloprid 29.9%
Deltamethrin (includes parent Tralomethrin) 7.7%
DCPA 4.0%
Thiamethoxam 2.0%
Acephate 0.9%
Dinotefuran 0.7%
Dimethoate 0.7%
Methomyl 0.5%
Acetamiprid 0.4%
Methamidophos 0.3%
Flonicamid 0.3%
Chlorpropham 0.3%
Methoxyfenozide 0.1%
Omethoate 0.1%
Malathion 0.1%

 

  1. Sweet Potatoes

There are 19 pesticide residues found by the USDA Pesticide Data Program: three of them are known or probable carcinogens; six are suspected hormone disruptors; seven are neurotoxins; two are developmental or reproductive toxins and seven are honeybee toxins.

Pesticides How often is it found?
Dicloran 46.0%
Piperonyl butoxide 7.1%
Chlorpyrifos 4.2%
Chlorpropham 1.1%
Fludioxonil 0.9%
Thiabendazole 0.9%
Thiamethoxam 0.5%
Ethoprop 0.5%
Aldicarb sulfoxide 0.5%
Phosmet 0.5%
DDE p,p’ 0.2%
Norflurazon desmethyl 0.2%
Esfenvalerate 0.2%
Cypermethrin 0.2%
Acephate 0.2%
Chlordane cis 0.2%
Chlordane trans 0.2%
Methamidophos 0.2%
Aldicarb sulfone 0.2%

 

These 15 fruits and veggies are the ones known to have the least pesticides on, but that doesn’t automatically make them the best to eat. The best fruit and veg to consume regularly is organic, or even better, those you have grown yourself. If you eat home grown produce then you know exactly what is in it, you could even join a co-op or work in a community garden and eat organic produce without creating any waste. You could even grow a garden with friends and swap the excess between yourselves. There are many ways to eat organic when you sit and think about it.

We need to be more conscious of food we put in our bodies and what process we support to produce it. We do not have unlimited resources and the demands continue to increase on what we currently have. There is a way you can eat healthily and be kind to the planet. Grab it with both hands and make a difference to the planet, and to your family’s health.

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