Fruits And Vegetables: Which Ones Are The Dirtiest?

Wednesday, April 13th 2016, 8:54 am
By: News 9

A new report is painting a dirty picture about some of your favorite fruits and vegetables. Researchers tested which ones contain the most pesticide residue.

Mom always told us to wash the fruit before we eat it and here's why. Researchers with the "Environmental Working Group" tested non-organic varieties of the most popular fruits and vegetables for their annual "Dirty Dozen" report.

Topping this year's list, strawberries. They replace apples which are now in second place this year.

Nectarines, peaches, and celery round out the top five dirtiest. 

Researchers say while most of the pesticide found on fruit is relatively safe to eat, some have been linked to things like cancer, reproductive and developmental damage, and neurological problems.

The group also released its latest "Clean Fifteen" list with the produce containing the least amount of pesticides. Avocados came in at number one followed by sweet corn, pineapples, cabbage, and frozen sweet peas.

So eat up, after you wash.

See the full list here.