The “Dirty Dozen” fruits and vegetables

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Published: Apr. 8, 2022 at 2:27 PM CDT
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You eat fruits and vegetables because they’re good for you, but the Environmental Working Group has come out with this year’s so-called “Dirty Dozen” fruits and vegetables...those that contain the highest levels of pesticides.

Topping the list are strawberries and spinach. Also named, three greens grouped together - kale, collard and mustard greens – along with nectarines, apples, grapes and bell and hot peppers, cherries, peaches, pears celery and tomatoes. To avoid problems, the group recommends either buying organic or rinse all produce carefully, buy local if possible and buy in season.

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