Kale Is Now One Of The Most Pesticide-Contaminated Vegetables

Kale is highly nutritious and healthy. It may not taste the best, but it helps us to supply our body with the essential nutrients it needs. There is an analysis by the Environmental Working Group that says kale is dirty. This vegetable was added on the list of the 11 veggies and fruits known to be dirty.

This list is known as the “Dirty Dozen” and it is released once every year, and it lists the veggies and fruits with the most concentration of pesticides. The Environmental Working Group is analyzing data that was obtained from the regular testing of the produce, which was conducted by the Department of Agriculture.

Potatoes, celery, tomatoes, pears, cherries, peaches, grapes, apples, nectarines, spinach and strawberries join the kale on that list. And back in 2009 kale was ranked to be the eighth on the Dirty Dozen list. And after a decade later, it made it on the list again.

Alexis Temin, an EWG Toxicologist reported that they have never expected to see kale on this list again, but the results surprised everybody.

In excess of 92 percent of kale leaves had pesticide deposits in the wake of being washed and cleaned. In excess of 60 percent of the kale leaves had leftover Dachtal, a known cancer-causing agent.

Pesticides are utilized to shield leafy foods from infections, weeds and insects. Nonetheless, they are pressed with unforgiving synthetic substances that detrimentally affect human health.

The gathering likewise discharged a “Clean Fifteen” rundown, and it incorporates foods grown from the ground with minimal measure of pesticides. On this year’s list there are the honeydew melons, mushrooms, broccoli, cantaloupes, cauliflower, cabbages, kiwis, asparagus, eggplants, papayas, onions, frozen sweet peas, pineapples, sweet corn, and avocados.

For consumers it is always best to buy organic products from the local farmers. But unfortunately, some people would rather eat veggies and fruits packed with pesticides, and avoid the fresh produce. According to Carla Burns, EWG Research Analyst, the health benefits that can be provided by vegetables and fruits outweigh the risk from the pesticides.

Sources:
cnbc.com
sciencealert.com

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  1. Francis Crookes July 12, 2019

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