The Dirty Dozen of 2021: How harmful are pesticides on produce?

Each year, the Environmental Working Group tests different types of produce grown in the United States. They wash and peel the items if necessary, then test to see how much residue is left behind from pesticides. The produce with the most remaining chemicals make up the “Dirty Dozen”.

As consumers, we want to buy the freshest and most delicious produce. While pesticides can help deliver on these expectations, you have to wonder, is there a trade off when it comes to our health?

In this episode of Health and Weather Extended, host Rachel Schoutsen reveals the “Dirty Dozen” of 2021, the potential health risks associated pesticide consumption, which produce hold onto the least pesticides at time of consumption, and one surefire way to reduce your exposure to pesticides.

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