About 65% of the produce samples which are analyzed by the US Department of Agriculture are tested positive for pesticide residues. The chances that you are consuming a significant amount of pesricides every day are huge, unless you are buying certified organic fruit and vegetables.
EWG or Environmental Precautions Group published a report that shows the most and less contaminated fruits and vegetables that are available on the market, in order to inform the public about this.
The first list which is called Dirty Dozen contains 12 items that you should buy organic.
The twelve Dirty Dozen items are the following: apples, strawberries, celery, grapes, peaches, spinach, sweet bell peppers, nectarines (imported), cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, snap peas (imported) and potatoes.
Fruits and vegetables with the least pesticides are the following: avocados, sweet corn, cabbage, pineapples, sweet peas (frozen), onions, mangos, asparagus, papayas, eggplant, kiwi, grapefruit, cantaloupe, cauliflower and sweet potatoes.
In the text bellow, read some simple tricks how to remove pesticide residues from the fruits and vegetables.
You should put about 1 cup white vinegar in a bowl and leave the fruits and vegetables in for 15 minutes. After that, wash them well under water. This is great to remove the pesticides because white vinegar kills around 98% of the bacteria on fruits and vegetables.
Baking soda (Sodium bicarbonate)
Baking soda is the second option. You should mix 1 tablespoon soda in a bowl and leave the fruits and vegetables in for about 15 minutes. After that, wash them well under running water.
Source: Healthiest Alternative