You try to buy organic, but, let's be honest, sometimes you just grab whatever produce is cheapest and most convenient. It's healthy food, how bad can it really be, right?
Well according to a new report from the Environmental Working Group, you might want to rethink your shopping cart. Some of your favorite smoothie staples could contain a serious dose of pesticide residue. Not exactly the healthy drink you were going for. (Have you tried these slimming fruit smoothies?)
As of this year, strawberries have officially dethroned apples (which have ranked number one for the past five years) as the dirtiest piece of produce on the EWG's list of the "dirty dozen." Each year, the EWG analyzes the tests that the U.S. Department of Agriculture runs on samples of fruits and veggies. After looking at 35,500 individual samples, they found that an insane 98 percent of strawberries contain some pesticide residue.
Also on the list of pesticide-laden fruits and veggies are apples, nectarines, peaches, celery, grapes, cherries, spinach, tomatoes, bell peppers, blueberries, lettuce and (gasp!) kale.
Unfortunately, the use of these pesticides that make it onto our plates is totally approved by the USDA. So if you want to avoid them entirely, your best bet is to stick to exclusively organic fruits and veggies. (Did you know that organic fruit also has more antioxidants?) The use of some pesticides is still allowed in the production of certain organic crops but is much more regulated than the non-organic varieties.