We've got some bad news for you kale aficionados: This year, the trendy green is joining the infamous "Dirty Dozen" list, which features the 12 fruits and vegetables that have the most pesticide residues. The last time kale was tested was in 2009, when it ranked eighth on the EWG's Dirty Dozen list. It is based on results of more than 40,900 samples of produce tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration. Kale samples tested positive for two or more pesticides, with multiple samples showing 18 different pesticide residues.
Nearly 60% of kale sampled contained Dacthal, which is a pesticide that's been banned in Europe and the U.S. calls a "possible human carcinogen", The Guardian reports. Nearly 60 percent of the kale samples showed residual Dacthal, a pesticide that is known as a possible human carcinogen.
Rounding out the top five on the Dirty Dozen list were nectarines and apples, both of which had more than 90 percent of samples confirmed to have at least one pesticide residue.
This year, one of the dirtiest fruits and vegetables turns out to be kale, occupying the third spot on the EWG's list of most contaminated. The EWG recommends buying organic produce whenever you can, and EWG research analyst Carla Burns additionally notes that "the health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure".
The EWG did state that despite the classification of "dirty", all of the pesticides found on produce fell within the legal limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency. When organic versions are unavailable or not affordable, EWG advises consumers to continue eating fresh produce, even if conventionally grown. The group then ranks pesticide contamination for conventionally grown (non-organic) fruits and vegetables in its Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce. "After these preparations, pesticide residues are still detected on numerous fruits and veggies". The group analyzes data from the Department of Agriculture's regular produce testing to determine the list.Читайте также: Bank to 'sit tight' on interest rates amid Brexit 'fog'
Avocados, sweet corn and pineapples were found to have the least amount of residue. Dacthal has been prohibited for use on crops in the European Union since 2009.
"Even low levels of pesticide exposure can be harmful to children", said Dr. Philip Landrigan, a world-renowned pediatrician and epidemiologist.
"We actually have a very stringent regulatory system in Canada, which states there's a very conservative amount of pesticide residue allowed to be on fruit and vegetables that Canadians buy in the grocery store". "We see consistency with the foods continuously on the Dirty Dozen list", she says. But that shouldn't deter people who can't afford it from eating these items. "But what we try to highlight with the Shopper's Guide to Produce is building on a body of evidence that shows mixtures of pesticides can have adverse effects".
Out of the 15, avocados and sweet corn were found to be the "cleanest", and more than 70% of the "clean" produce had no pesticide residue. However, if your budget does not allow you to eat organic, fruits and vegetables are better than none.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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