Before You Bite, Check Your Produce’s Pesticide Level

Bite into that nice, crunchy apple and you’re also getting a mouthful of pesticide residue, according to the annual list of fruits and veggies with the most – and least – of the chemicals. The so-called Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists are compiled annually by the nonprofit advocacy organization Environmental Working Group (EWG), based on data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. While the USDA has set limits on the amount of pesticide residue it deems safe, conventionally grown …

Before You Bite: News About Organic Tomatoes, Walmart Corn

The juiciest tomatoes and the sweetest corn are two of summer’s most anticipated gifts, which is why we were both happy and troubled to read the latest health news on both those favorite foods. First, the good news. You may want to spend a little more to eat organic tomatoes, a new study suggests, because they have a higher level of antioxidants than conventionally grown ones. Researchers from the University of Barcelona and the Institute of Health in Spain compared …

Pesticides-in-Produce List: Sweet Corn vs. Peaches

The Environmental Working Group just released its “Dirty Dozen” list of fruits and vegetables with the most pesticide residue, plus the “Clean 15″ list of produce that is lowest in pesticides. Considering all the luscious summer produce showing up in the supermarket and farmers’ markets, we had to know: Are those fresh ears of super-sweet corn on this year’s pesticide list? What about the plump, juicy peaches we love? Or the overflowing pints of dusky blueberries? And the answer: Good …