What fruits and vegetables have the least amount of pesticides added?

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    Organic fruits and vegetables are the best choice to avoid pesticides. 

    The answer to your question was actually answered by another person, nevins, in a previous question. Check out the answer below: 

    If you are really worried about pesticides than you can try to buy organic. However, it can easily get expensive and it’s not always practical, especially since every fruit and vegetable has it’s ideal growing seasons. Here is a list of fruits and vegtables that should definitely be bought organic due to the amount of pesticides they tend to absorb. List/statistics copied from About.com

    1. Nectarines – 97.3% of nectarines sampled were found to contain pesticides.
    2. Celery – 94.5% of celery sampled were found to contain pesticides.
    3. Pears – 94.4% of pears sampled were found to contain pesticides.
    4. Peaches – 93.7% of peaches sampled were found to contain pesticides.
    5. Apples – 91% of apples sampled were found to contain pesticides.
    6. Cherries – 91% of cherries sampled were found to contain pesticides.
    7. Strawberries – 90% of strawberries sampled were found to contain pesticides.
    8. Imported Grapes – 86% of imported grapes (i.e. Chile) sampled were found to contain pesticides.
    9. Spinach – 83.4% of spinach sampled were found to contain pesticides.
    10. Potatoes – 79.3% of potatoes sampled were found to contain pesticides.
    11. Bell Peppers – 68% of bell peppers sampled were found to contain pesticides.
    12. Red Raspberries – 59% of red raspberries sampled were found to contain pesticides.

    Here is a list of the least contaminated fruits and vegtables. Again, copied directly from About.com. The difference between these fruits/veg compared to the ones above is that they have a thick skin or rind covering the edible portion, therefore protecing the food from most of the pesticides used.

    • Asparagus
    • Avocados
    • Bananas
    • Broccoli
    • Cauliflower
    • Corn (However, almost all corn is genetically modified)
    • Kiwi
    • Mangoes
    • Onions
    • Papaya
    • Pineapples
    • Sweet Peas

     

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