Regularly touted for being exceptionally nutritious, kale has joined the list of 11 other vegetables and fruits known to be filthy, based on an investigation by the Environmental Working Group. The watchdog group elicits its Dirty Dozen, listing yearly, where it ranks the 12 produce items which contain the highest quantity of pesticide residues. The group assesses data from the Department of Agriculture’s regular produce testing to ascertain the list. Ranked alongside kale on the listing are garden strawberry, spinach, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomato, celery, and potatoes. The last time cabbage was contained in the USDA’s produce tests was 2009 and is ranked 8th on the Dirty Dozen list.
We were amazed cabbage had so many pesticides on it, but the test results were unequivocal, said EWG Toxicologist Alexis Temkin in a release. Greater than 92% of cabbage had residues of at least 2 pesticides after washing and peeling the appropriate veggies, in accordance with the report. Some had up to 18. Almost 60 percent of the kale trials showed residual Dacthal, a pesticide that’s known as a potential human carcinogen. Pesticides help protect crops against weeds, insects, and diseases, but research has demonstrated a correlation between substances and health complications. The group releases its own Clean Fifteen, listing as well, highlighting the 15 produce things with the least quantity of pesticide residue detected.
It includes avocados, candy corn, pineapple, frozen sweet peas, onions, papaya, aubergines, asparagus, kiwis, cabbage, cauliflower, cantaloupes, broccoli, broccoli, and honeydew melons. Consumers should buy organic produce whenever possible to avoid pesticides, in accordance with the report. But that should not deter individuals who cannot afford it from ingesting these items. The health advantages of a diet high in vegetables and fruits outweigh the dangers of pesticide exposure, EWG research analyst Carla Burns said in a release.