The Dirtiest Foods

See which fruits and vegetables — including apples, strawberries, lettuce and peppers — tested highest in pesticides

Mom’s advice is still sound — for your health, you should eat at least five servings of vegetables and fruit per day. Organic is always preferred, since chemical-free farming is better for the soil, water, wildlife, workers and us. But if your budget is tight, which produce is best to buy organic? That’s easy: the 12 in this slideshow. If you buy conventionally grown versions of these crops, the Environmental Working Group research says you could be consuming a side order of 14 pesticides a day with your servings of fruit and veg. Here are the most serious pesticide offenders, shown from bad to worse, based on the EWG's latest report.

Want to lower your pesticide consumption by an estimated 92 percent?

Check out the cleanest foods — the vegetables and fruits that tested lowest in pesticides, according to the EWG.

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